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Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1: Paul Pogba and Zlatan return in classy, comfortable win

This had looked like being a troubled evening for Manchester United but, from cutting an anxious figure on the touchline, Jose Mourinho was ultimately able to sit back and relax from his seat in the dug-out and, in his words, “really enjoy the quality and beauty of our football”. The gap to Manchester City remains eight points but Mourinho has the cavalry back and, perhaps no less significantly, appears willing to loosen the shackles a little as he bids to hunt down the Premier League leaders. Paul Pogba proved just how sorely he has been missed on a liberating first appearance for 10 weeks and Mourinho’s joy at having his midfield talisman back was matched only by the sight of Zlatan Ibrahimovic making his return from the substitute’s bench after seven months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury. “It was a big emotion to see the big guy back,” the United manager said. Ibrahimovic was given a hero’s welcome when he entered the pitch with 13 minutes left and, in that short time, did enough to suggest that, even at 36, such a serious injury is unlikely to have done any lasting damage. “It feels special, a different day, same quality,” the Swede said. “It is my head that is playing, my knee just needs to follow. I am not worried at all. Lions don’t recover like humans.” Manchester United had defended like lambs to be begin with. Newcastle led through Dwight Gayle and asked numerous questions of a makeshift back four, and Victor Lindelof in particular, but Rafael Benitez’s side were eventually swept aside by the sheer relentlessness of Mourinho’s attacking arsenal. Gentle introduction: Zlatan came on for the last quarter of an hour Credit: Reuters Victory extended Manchester United’s unbeaten run at Old Trafford to 38 matches but it was the manner of the response that resonated, and while no one should or could underestimate the influence of the returning Pogba, Mourinho’s decision to start Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in tandem for the first time in the Premier League this season was uplifting in itself. A sign of things to come? It will probably depend on the opposition judging by Mourinho’s post-match remarks. “We found them [Rashford and Martial] a certain balance … but we felt a bit of instability in our defensive areas and that was clearly not because of the defensive players but clearly because of our balance so to play them together gives us things but also takes some things from us,” Mourinho said. It certainly makes United better to watch, although Pogba was United’s driving force. Mourinho called him “irreplaceable” and in terms of the impact the Frenchman has on the team and the individuals around him, that is hard to disagree with. Once they had recovered from a poor first half hour, United were unrecognisable going forward from the cautious unit of late. Lukaku, in particular, looked the happiest and hungriest he has been for weeks, clearly delighted to have his friend and creative fulcrum back. His goal was his first in eight matches for United and another highlight for Mourinho, who celebrated it lustily. “Strikers like to score goals,” the Portuguese said. “It’s not a problem for me if he works like he always does and doesn’t score but for their self-esteem and self-confidence, strikers want to score goals and he wasn’t doing that for a few matches and I know that can affect striker’s confidence. So I was really happy that he scored that goal.” City’s victory over Leicester earlier in the day had left Manchester United with no margin for error but they certainly made life difficult for themselves and, even after coming from behind to take a 2-1 lead into the interval, were grateful Newcastle made a hash of a golden opportunity to draw level with seconds of the first half to play. Mourinho was without his first choice centre-half pairing of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones and it showed. Lindelof’s Premier League career had amounted to 68 minutes before this and if he was hoping to make a better fist of things on his first league start than he had in the 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield, when he was at fault for both goals, his wish was short-lived. Gayle laid the ball off to DeAndre Yedlin on the right and Yedlin charged down the line and cut inside before having the awareness to pull the ball back for the advancing Gayle. Lindelof should have intercepted at that point but got his feet in a muddle, stumbled and watch embarrassed from the deck as Gayle stroked a fine first time finish from 10 yards across David De Gea’s reach and in off the far post. Newcastle should have been two goals to the good before the home team hit back when Jonjo Shelvey sent in Jacob Murphy with a stunning pass but the Newcastle winger shot just wide of the far post. It was no surprise Pogba spearheaded the comeback. Worrying times: Rafa Benitez Credit: Reuters A quick shuffle of the feet bamboozled Javier Manquillo in the 36th minute, Pogba carving enough space for him to clip over a delightful cross for Martial to thump home a header. Newcastle needed to get to the interval level but Ashley Young wriggled free and whipped a pinpoint cross to the far post that looped over Florian Lejeune and Manquillo and on to the head of Smalling to nod home. And Benitez’s frustration was compounded moments later when Isaac Hayden, through one-on-one with David De Gea, shot straight at the goalkeeper and thereafter it was one-way traffic. The third goal was a minor classic. Mata fed Lukaku, who whipped over a fine cross that Rashford cleverly nodded the ball into the path of Pogba, who had raced half the field to slot home. “He effects our football,” Mourinho said of Pogba. “When he was injured I decided to close my mouth, we cannot be crying, but we all know - myself, and the fellow players - that some players influence the level of the team, so with him we had much more creation, we have a second way out from the first phase and I’m so happy. He’s player we need to protect.” Three became four when Lukaku cut inside from the right, exchanging a one-two with Mata and then took his time before thundering a shot into the roof of the net after. Then Ibrahimovic entered the fray. This was a very good day for Mourinho.   7:25PM Full time: Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 That could hardly have gone better for Man United. Newcastle were good in the first half hour and took the lead, but the pace and power of Lukaku and Martial, aided by the promptings of Mata, Rashford and Pogba, carved the visitors open time and again. Pogba back, Zlatan back, four goals. It's all good. Match report coming up. 7:20PM 89 mins Ooh, Zlatan! Matic picks him out, Ibrahimovic tries an acrobatic kick. Saved. Now Zlatan turns provider and stands up a nice cross. Newcastle are under huge pressure. Another cross comes in. Fellaini! Heads it straight at the keeper. 7:18PM 87 mins Crowd are having a pleasant time, the match is drifting gently towards its inevitable conclusion. Newcastle fans are still cheering on their lads. 7:13PM 82 mins Mata off for a well earned rest, Herrera comes on. 7:10PM 80 mins Zlatan, coming deep to get the ball, is cheered every time he touches it. Great to see @Ibra_official back in action. To recover from such a serious injury so quickly at his age is remarkable. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 18, 2017 7:09PM 78 mins "I am sure he has got more money than a lot of people," says Robbie Savage of Zlatan. Yes, I would imagine that he probably has. Shelvey, Newcastle's best player, lashes a drive just wide. 7:07PM 77 mins Seven months Zlatan has been out.  Diame on for Dwight Gayle, not quite as exciting. 7:06PM 75 mins Lukaku, by the way, was mobbed by his teammates after he scored that. Here comes Zlatan! Martial the man who makes way. 7:05PM 74 mins All this evening needs for United now is a run-out for the Z Man. 7:02PM GOAL! Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 Oooh, poor Newcastle are getting a pumping here. AWFUL defending from the Mags. Mourinho's men are running rings round them, Attempt Saved: Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 67 min) Super movement from Lukaku, he's involved in the build up, and he's there to finish it off by smashing the ball joyously into the roof of the net. 7:00PM 69 mins Paul Pogba, who has been excellent, is withdrawn. Big Marouane comes on. 6:59PM 68 mins Smalling stretches, fouls Hayden. Sore one but not malicious. Ref plays a good advantage, Murphy cracks the ball at the goal. Tipped over. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 67 min) 6:57PM 67 mins Old Trafford erupts in applause for Zlatan, who is warming up on the touchline. 6:57PM 66 mins Matt Ritchie comes off, Rolando Aarons comes on. 6:56PM 65 mins Shelvey with a powerful run, but then trips over his own feet. The crowd roar with mocking laughter. 6:55PM 63 mins The work by Man United down the flanks has been exceptional. Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Paul Pogba, 54 min) This is a proper United side. 6:49PM 58 min Man United are at it here, the Mags are being torn apart. Lukaku down the left, Rashford is in the centre. A better cross from Romelu and that's four. 6:48PM 57 mins Corner... and Pogba goes for the spectacular! Overhead effort. 6:45PM GOAL! Man United 3 Newcastle United 1 That is a lovely bit of play from Rashford. Lukaku tears down the right, he crosses and Rashford produces a cushioned header. Right into the path of the late-arriving Pogba, and that's a tap in for him. Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Paul Pogba, 54 min) 6:43PM 51 mins Miss: Man Utd 2 - 1 Newcastle (Anthony Martial, 50 min) 6:41PM 50 mins Man United looking pretty boss right now. Martial dangerous down that left, crosses but cannot find a man. 6:38PM 47 mins Delightful play from Man United. Pogba with an incisive ball forward, Rashford with a cute flick on, Lukaku within a yard of being in. 6:36PM 46 mins Can Newcastle get back into this? No changes at the half time. 6:22PM Half time: Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 1 Enjoyable half. Newcastle gave a really good account of themselves for half an hour but have been undone by two simple, similar moves: cross, header. They need to mark up better. 6:21PM 45 mins Benitez looks thoroughly sick on the touchline. Very annoying time to concede.  But now a chance for Newcastle. Hayden is played through by Ritchie. He tries to open his body and curl it around De Gea but he hits it straight at the keeper. It rebounds out. Drilled back in by Ritchie and it hits Gayle. Could have gone anywhere, could have gone in. It didn't, and that is the half. 6:17PM GOAL! Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 1 It's a superb ball into the box, Smalling has stayed forward from a corner. Lovely delivery from Young, Smalling gets up well at the back stick, and he has nodded the hosts ahead on the stroke of half time. Man Utd 2 - 1 Newcastle (Chris Smalling, 45 + 1 min) 6:16PM 44 mins Clark marshalling the defence pretty well. Heads clear. Oooh but he has got away with one there: the ball is played in for Lukaku, Clark is apparently helping him to get undressed. "You can see the shirt lifted up, the arm around the neck, that should be a penalty," says G Poll. 6:14PM 42 mins Schoolboy stuff from Young and Mata as they fail to play to the whistle, Murphy picks their pockets.  Soon after, Shelvey crunches a strike at goal. 6:13PM 41 mins Joselu nearly causes a calamity when he heads over his own crossbar. 6:10PM 39 mins The insanely quick Yedlin sets up a chance through his pace and direct running. Miss: Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 39 min) 6:08PM GOAL! MAN UNITED EQUALISE and it is down to some individual brilliance from Paul Pogba. He gets the ball, he twists and he turns, he does superbly to keep it, and now he stands the ball up perfectly for Martial to head it home. Excellent play. Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle (Anthony Martial, 37 min) 6:06PM 34 mins Newcastle keeper Elliot clattered by his colleague Manquillo. Needs treatment. 6:04PM 32 mins Martial down the left, playing it into the box aerially for, erm, Mata. Not the right target man, surely? 6:03PM 31 mins Pogba has fouled Hayden. Shelvey delivers in a freekick. Valencia clears. 6:02PM 29 mins Rashford, good work down the right, wins a corner. Delivers it. Newcastle cannot really clear. Man United turning the screw, they have the visitors on the rack here. Shelvey's having a good match. 6:01PM 25 mins Lukaku has headed over. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 1 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 25 min) Should he have done better? Mourinho, head in hands, clearly thinks so.  5:54PM 21 mins Another good move from Newcastle. Cross comes in, Dwight Gayle attacks the ball. Ritchie goes for the follow up and clatters his teammate. Oof. He's okay to carry on. Believing everything would be alright because Pogba is back pic.twitter.com/LKhvUiBQMJ— Darren Richman (@darrenrichman) November 18, 2017 5:52PM 20 mins Rashford has a crack from 20 yards, cutting in from the left. 5:50PM 18 mins Man United are having a shocker at the back. Young and Smalling are playing like they've never met each other before. They're opened up all too easily by a through ball here. Shelvey the surgeon, and it's Murphy who has the shot. It rolls agonisingly wide of the post. 5:48PM Lovely stuff from my friend Nick Dwight Gayle joins illustrious company as the second oppo player to score at Old Trafford this season. The other: Burton's Lloyd Dyer.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) November 18, 2017 5:47PM 15 mins MUFC look to hit back and have a corner. Not properly cleared. Here is Mata with a chance to cross. Hayden heads behind. Another corner. Rashford shoots from the edge of the area. Wide. Neither Rashers nor Martial have made any impression at all. 5:45PM GOAL! Newcastle United! This Lindelof is all over the shop! Newcastle's speedy Yedlin tears down the right, low cross, Lindelof slips over and there's Gayle to slot the ball into the corner. Man Utd 0 - 1 Newcastle (Dwight Gayle, 14 min) Newcastle had FOUR men in the box, God alone knows where the Man United central defence was! 5:42PM 12 mins Hayden has been putting it about, he's chopped down the breaking Mata and can have no complaints about his receipt of the game's first yellow card. 5:41PM 10 mins Newcastle have had their first attempt.  Out: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Ciaran Clark, 11 min) Clark might have done better with the header from that corner. 5:38PM 7 mins We have our first chance! Valencia motors down the right, he crosses low. Lukaku! Does not hit the target. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 7 min) 5:37PM 5 mins United are playing with a back four. Pogba and Hayden go for the ball, the latter treads on the toe of the former. Ouch. Talking of pain, Mata does not seem to be moving too well. Manquillo clatters Rashford. Uniteds we stand: Manchester vs Newcastle Credit: Getty 5:34PM 3 mins Shelvey has a chance to play a freekick into the box, Lukaku does some defensive work and heads clear. Lindelof seems to be wandering a bit. This is his first PL start. Will we see this chap later? Credit: PA 5:32PM 2 mins Headers. Lots of headers. Too casual from De Gea, plays Lindelof into trouble. He has to hack it out. 5:31PM 1 mins Newcastle kick off and spray the ball out to the left wing. It's out of play. 5:30PM Formidable MUFC team Pogba and Matic in the engine room, Mata creating, and then that quick, powerful and exciting front three of Martial, Rashford and Lukaku. Newcastle have their work cut out. 5:26PM Players are in the tunnel Let's play ball! 4:46PM Rafa Benitez on his Mourinho feud However, asked if he is older and wiser now, Benitez said: "I think so. Older - that is obvious - and a lot calmer and more relaxed, because you have more experience. "You know what's important. The main thing is the players. You have to concentrate on that. You have to be sure you get the best from your players." He said: "As a manager, you have to make decisions to leave players in the stands or say something that you think is good for your team. "Normally, I try to be respectful to everyone and do the best for my team." 4:37PM And of course Paul Pogba is in the Manchester United XI for the first time since Basel on September 12th. 4:36PM Zlatan on the bench What a tremendous boost that is for United, and dare I say it, for the League as a whole. 4:34PM And here are the teams for our 5.30pm kick off Man Utd: de Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Pogba, Matic, Rashford, Mata, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Rojo, Ibrahimovic,  Lingard, Romero, Ander Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini.  Newcastle: Elliot, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie,  Hayden, Shelvey, Murphy, Gayle, Joselu. Subs: Diame, Aarons,  Perez, Mbemba, Darlow, Jesus Gamez, Mitrovic.  Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire) 4:26PM Good afternoon Tyers here. welcome to our live blog of Manchester United versus Newcastle United. Rafa Benitez's men have been doing reasonably well but there is some cause for concern with their recent form: they have lost three and drawn two of their last six matches. The black and white colours were lowered by such middling opponents as Brighton, Burnley and Bournemouth, three matches that Rafa would surely have targeted as winnable. They travel to Old Trafford more in hope than in expectation. As for the hosts, they are having to look across the city at the noisy neighbours and they must be thinking "how can we stay in touch?" Injuries have been a big worry for Jose Mourinho, who this week expressed irritation that Phil Jones had come from England duty busted. Mourinho was annoyed that England used Jones even though he had an existing thigh problem. "For me the stranger thing with Phil Jones is that I have been a manager since 2000 and in 17 years as a manager I don't have one single player that had injections of anaesthetic to play a friendly," he said. "Never. Never. I am not an angel and I had players be injected to play official matches, crucial matches, but a friendly? To get six local anaesthetic injections to play a friendly, I've never heard of that. But Phil Jones had it and had it before the match and after 15 minutes he was out and he is out (against Newcastle on Saturday)." Asked if he had taken the matter up with Southgate, Mourinho added: "No, no, no. I am just telling a fact. He was injected in the afternoon of the match, he didn't feel good during the warm-up. Between the warm-up and the start of the match he had five more local injections to play the friendly. I have nothing more to say."

Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1: Paul Pogba and Zlatan return in classy, comfortable win

This had looked like being a troubled evening for Manchester United but, from cutting an anxious figure on the touchline, Jose Mourinho was ultimately able to sit back and relax from his seat in the dug-out and, in his words, “really enjoy the quality and beauty of our football”. The gap to Manchester City remains eight points but Mourinho has the cavalry back and, perhaps no less significantly, appears willing to loosen the shackles a little as he bids to hunt down the Premier League leaders. Paul Pogba proved just how sorely he has been missed on a liberating first appearance for 10 weeks and Mourinho’s joy at having his midfield talisman back was matched only by the sight of Zlatan Ibrahimovic making his return from the substitute’s bench after seven months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury. “It was a big emotion to see the big guy back,” the United manager said. Ibrahimovic was given a hero’s welcome when he entered the pitch with 13 minutes left and, in that short time, did enough to suggest that, even at 36, such a serious injury is unlikely to have done any lasting damage. “It feels special, a different day, same quality,” the Swede said. “It is my head that is playing, my knee just needs to follow. I am not worried at all. Lions don’t recover like humans.” Manchester United had defended like lambs to be begin with. Newcastle led through Dwight Gayle and asked numerous questions of a makeshift back four, and Victor Lindelof in particular, but Rafael Benitez’s side were eventually swept aside by the sheer relentlessness of Mourinho’s attacking arsenal. Gentle introduction: Zlatan came on for the last quarter of an hour Credit: Reuters Victory extended Manchester United’s unbeaten run at Old Trafford to 38 matches but it was the manner of the response that resonated, and while no one should or could underestimate the influence of the returning Pogba, Mourinho’s decision to start Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in tandem for the first time in the Premier League this season was uplifting in itself. A sign of things to come? It will probably depend on the opposition judging by Mourinho’s post-match remarks. “We found them [Rashford and Martial] a certain balance … but we felt a bit of instability in our defensive areas and that was clearly not because of the defensive players but clearly because of our balance so to play them together gives us things but also takes some things from us,” Mourinho said. It certainly makes United better to watch, although Pogba was United’s driving force. Mourinho called him “irreplaceable” and in terms of the impact the Frenchman has on the team and the individuals around him, that is hard to disagree with. Once they had recovered from a poor first half hour, United were unrecognisable going forward from the cautious unit of late. Lukaku, in particular, looked the happiest and hungriest he has been for weeks, clearly delighted to have his friend and creative fulcrum back. His goal was his first in eight matches for United and another highlight for Mourinho, who celebrated it lustily. “Strikers like to score goals,” the Portuguese said. “It’s not a problem for me if he works like he always does and doesn’t score but for their self-esteem and self-confidence, strikers want to score goals and he wasn’t doing that for a few matches and I know that can affect striker’s confidence. So I was really happy that he scored that goal.” City’s victory over Leicester earlier in the day had left Manchester United with no margin for error but they certainly made life difficult for themselves and, even after coming from behind to take a 2-1 lead into the interval, were grateful Newcastle made a hash of a golden opportunity to draw level with seconds of the first half to play. Mourinho was without his first choice centre-half pairing of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones and it showed. Lindelof’s Premier League career had amounted to 68 minutes before this and if he was hoping to make a better fist of things on his first league start than he had in the 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield, when he was at fault for both goals, his wish was short-lived. Gayle laid the ball off to DeAndre Yedlin on the right and Yedlin charged down the line and cut inside before having the awareness to pull the ball back for the advancing Gayle. Lindelof should have intercepted at that point but got his feet in a muddle, stumbled and watch embarrassed from the deck as Gayle stroked a fine first time finish from 10 yards across David De Gea’s reach and in off the far post. Newcastle should have been two goals to the good before the home team hit back when Jonjo Shelvey sent in Jacob Murphy with a stunning pass but the Newcastle winger shot just wide of the far post. It was no surprise Pogba spearheaded the comeback. Worrying times: Rafa Benitez Credit: Reuters A quick shuffle of the feet bamboozled Javier Manquillo in the 36th minute, Pogba carving enough space for him to clip over a delightful cross for Martial to thump home a header. Newcastle needed to get to the interval level but Ashley Young wriggled free and whipped a pinpoint cross to the far post that looped over Florian Lejeune and Manquillo and on to the head of Smalling to nod home. And Benitez’s frustration was compounded moments later when Isaac Hayden, through one-on-one with David De Gea, shot straight at the goalkeeper and thereafter it was one-way traffic. The third goal was a minor classic. Mata fed Lukaku, who whipped over a fine cross that Rashford cleverly nodded the ball into the path of Pogba, who had raced half the field to slot home. “He effects our football,” Mourinho said of Pogba. “When he was injured I decided to close my mouth, we cannot be crying, but we all know - myself, and the fellow players - that some players influence the level of the team, so with him we had much more creation, we have a second way out from the first phase and I’m so happy. He’s player we need to protect.” Three became four when Lukaku cut inside from the right, exchanging a one-two with Mata and then took his time before thundering a shot into the roof of the net after. Then Ibrahimovic entered the fray. This was a very good day for Mourinho.   7:25PM Full time: Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 That could hardly have gone better for Man United. Newcastle were good in the first half hour and took the lead, but the pace and power of Lukaku and Martial, aided by the promptings of Mata, Rashford and Pogba, carved the visitors open time and again. Pogba back, Zlatan back, four goals. It's all good. Match report coming up. 7:20PM 89 mins Ooh, Zlatan! Matic picks him out, Ibrahimovic tries an acrobatic kick. Saved. Now Zlatan turns provider and stands up a nice cross. Newcastle are under huge pressure. Another cross comes in. Fellaini! Heads it straight at the keeper. 7:18PM 87 mins Crowd are having a pleasant time, the match is drifting gently towards its inevitable conclusion. Newcastle fans are still cheering on their lads. 7:13PM 82 mins Mata off for a well earned rest, Herrera comes on. 7:10PM 80 mins Zlatan, coming deep to get the ball, is cheered every time he touches it. Great to see @Ibra_official back in action. To recover from such a serious injury so quickly at his age is remarkable. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 18, 2017 7:09PM 78 mins "I am sure he has got more money than a lot of people," says Robbie Savage of Zlatan. Yes, I would imagine that he probably has. Shelvey, Newcastle's best player, lashes a drive just wide. 7:07PM 77 mins Seven months Zlatan has been out.  Diame on for Dwight Gayle, not quite as exciting. 7:06PM 75 mins Lukaku, by the way, was mobbed by his teammates after he scored that. Here comes Zlatan! Martial the man who makes way. 7:05PM 74 mins All this evening needs for United now is a run-out for the Z Man. 7:02PM GOAL! Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 Oooh, poor Newcastle are getting a pumping here. AWFUL defending from the Mags. Mourinho's men are running rings round them, Attempt Saved: Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 67 min) Super movement from Lukaku, he's involved in the build up, and he's there to finish it off by smashing the ball joyously into the roof of the net. 7:00PM 69 mins Paul Pogba, who has been excellent, is withdrawn. Big Marouane comes on. 6:59PM 68 mins Smalling stretches, fouls Hayden. Sore one but not malicious. Ref plays a good advantage, Murphy cracks the ball at the goal. Tipped over. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 67 min) 6:57PM 67 mins Old Trafford erupts in applause for Zlatan, who is warming up on the touchline. 6:57PM 66 mins Matt Ritchie comes off, Rolando Aarons comes on. 6:56PM 65 mins Shelvey with a powerful run, but then trips over his own feet. The crowd roar with mocking laughter. 6:55PM 63 mins The work by Man United down the flanks has been exceptional. Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Paul Pogba, 54 min) This is a proper United side. 6:49PM 58 min Man United are at it here, the Mags are being torn apart. Lukaku down the left, Rashford is in the centre. A better cross from Romelu and that's four. 6:48PM 57 mins Corner... and Pogba goes for the spectacular! Overhead effort. 6:45PM GOAL! Man United 3 Newcastle United 1 That is a lovely bit of play from Rashford. Lukaku tears down the right, he crosses and Rashford produces a cushioned header. Right into the path of the late-arriving Pogba, and that's a tap in for him. Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Paul Pogba, 54 min) 6:43PM 51 mins Miss: Man Utd 2 - 1 Newcastle (Anthony Martial, 50 min) 6:41PM 50 mins Man United looking pretty boss right now. Martial dangerous down that left, crosses but cannot find a man. 6:38PM 47 mins Delightful play from Man United. Pogba with an incisive ball forward, Rashford with a cute flick on, Lukaku within a yard of being in. 6:36PM 46 mins Can Newcastle get back into this? No changes at the half time. 6:22PM Half time: Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 1 Enjoyable half. Newcastle gave a really good account of themselves for half an hour but have been undone by two simple, similar moves: cross, header. They need to mark up better. 6:21PM 45 mins Benitez looks thoroughly sick on the touchline. Very annoying time to concede.  But now a chance for Newcastle. Hayden is played through by Ritchie. He tries to open his body and curl it around De Gea but he hits it straight at the keeper. It rebounds out. Drilled back in by Ritchie and it hits Gayle. Could have gone anywhere, could have gone in. It didn't, and that is the half. 6:17PM GOAL! Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 1 It's a superb ball into the box, Smalling has stayed forward from a corner. Lovely delivery from Young, Smalling gets up well at the back stick, and he has nodded the hosts ahead on the stroke of half time. Man Utd 2 - 1 Newcastle (Chris Smalling, 45 + 1 min) 6:16PM 44 mins Clark marshalling the defence pretty well. Heads clear. Oooh but he has got away with one there: the ball is played in for Lukaku, Clark is apparently helping him to get undressed. "You can see the shirt lifted up, the arm around the neck, that should be a penalty," says G Poll. 6:14PM 42 mins Schoolboy stuff from Young and Mata as they fail to play to the whistle, Murphy picks their pockets.  Soon after, Shelvey crunches a strike at goal. 6:13PM 41 mins Joselu nearly causes a calamity when he heads over his own crossbar. 6:10PM 39 mins The insanely quick Yedlin sets up a chance through his pace and direct running. Miss: Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 39 min) 6:08PM GOAL! MAN UNITED EQUALISE and it is down to some individual brilliance from Paul Pogba. He gets the ball, he twists and he turns, he does superbly to keep it, and now he stands the ball up perfectly for Martial to head it home. Excellent play. Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle (Anthony Martial, 37 min) 6:06PM 34 mins Newcastle keeper Elliot clattered by his colleague Manquillo. Needs treatment. 6:04PM 32 mins Martial down the left, playing it into the box aerially for, erm, Mata. Not the right target man, surely? 6:03PM 31 mins Pogba has fouled Hayden. Shelvey delivers in a freekick. Valencia clears. 6:02PM 29 mins Rashford, good work down the right, wins a corner. Delivers it. Newcastle cannot really clear. Man United turning the screw, they have the visitors on the rack here. Shelvey's having a good match. 6:01PM 25 mins Lukaku has headed over. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 1 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 25 min) Should he have done better? Mourinho, head in hands, clearly thinks so.  5:54PM 21 mins Another good move from Newcastle. Cross comes in, Dwight Gayle attacks the ball. Ritchie goes for the follow up and clatters his teammate. Oof. He's okay to carry on. Believing everything would be alright because Pogba is back pic.twitter.com/LKhvUiBQMJ— Darren Richman (@darrenrichman) November 18, 2017 5:52PM 20 mins Rashford has a crack from 20 yards, cutting in from the left. 5:50PM 18 mins Man United are having a shocker at the back. Young and Smalling are playing like they've never met each other before. They're opened up all too easily by a through ball here. Shelvey the surgeon, and it's Murphy who has the shot. It rolls agonisingly wide of the post. 5:48PM Lovely stuff from my friend Nick Dwight Gayle joins illustrious company as the second oppo player to score at Old Trafford this season. The other: Burton's Lloyd Dyer.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) November 18, 2017 5:47PM 15 mins MUFC look to hit back and have a corner. Not properly cleared. Here is Mata with a chance to cross. Hayden heads behind. Another corner. Rashford shoots from the edge of the area. Wide. Neither Rashers nor Martial have made any impression at all. 5:45PM GOAL! Newcastle United! This Lindelof is all over the shop! Newcastle's speedy Yedlin tears down the right, low cross, Lindelof slips over and there's Gayle to slot the ball into the corner. Man Utd 0 - 1 Newcastle (Dwight Gayle, 14 min) Newcastle had FOUR men in the box, God alone knows where the Man United central defence was! 5:42PM 12 mins Hayden has been putting it about, he's chopped down the breaking Mata and can have no complaints about his receipt of the game's first yellow card. 5:41PM 10 mins Newcastle have had their first attempt.  Out: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Ciaran Clark, 11 min) Clark might have done better with the header from that corner. 5:38PM 7 mins We have our first chance! Valencia motors down the right, he crosses low. Lukaku! Does not hit the target. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 7 min) 5:37PM 5 mins United are playing with a back four. Pogba and Hayden go for the ball, the latter treads on the toe of the former. Ouch. Talking of pain, Mata does not seem to be moving too well. Manquillo clatters Rashford. Uniteds we stand: Manchester vs Newcastle Credit: Getty 5:34PM 3 mins Shelvey has a chance to play a freekick into the box, Lukaku does some defensive work and heads clear. Lindelof seems to be wandering a bit. This is his first PL start. Will we see this chap later? Credit: PA 5:32PM 2 mins Headers. Lots of headers. Too casual from De Gea, plays Lindelof into trouble. He has to hack it out. 5:31PM 1 mins Newcastle kick off and spray the ball out to the left wing. It's out of play. 5:30PM Formidable MUFC team Pogba and Matic in the engine room, Mata creating, and then that quick, powerful and exciting front three of Martial, Rashford and Lukaku. Newcastle have their work cut out. 5:26PM Players are in the tunnel Let's play ball! 4:46PM Rafa Benitez on his Mourinho feud However, asked if he is older and wiser now, Benitez said: "I think so. Older - that is obvious - and a lot calmer and more relaxed, because you have more experience. "You know what's important. The main thing is the players. You have to concentrate on that. You have to be sure you get the best from your players." He said: "As a manager, you have to make decisions to leave players in the stands or say something that you think is good for your team. "Normally, I try to be respectful to everyone and do the best for my team." 4:37PM And of course Paul Pogba is in the Manchester United XI for the first time since Basel on September 12th. 4:36PM Zlatan on the bench What a tremendous boost that is for United, and dare I say it, for the League as a whole. 4:34PM And here are the teams for our 5.30pm kick off Man Utd: de Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Pogba, Matic, Rashford, Mata, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Rojo, Ibrahimovic,  Lingard, Romero, Ander Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini.  Newcastle: Elliot, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie,  Hayden, Shelvey, Murphy, Gayle, Joselu. Subs: Diame, Aarons,  Perez, Mbemba, Darlow, Jesus Gamez, Mitrovic.  Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire) 4:26PM Good afternoon Tyers here. welcome to our live blog of Manchester United versus Newcastle United. Rafa Benitez's men have been doing reasonably well but there is some cause for concern with their recent form: they have lost three and drawn two of their last six matches. The black and white colours were lowered by such middling opponents as Brighton, Burnley and Bournemouth, three matches that Rafa would surely have targeted as winnable. They travel to Old Trafford more in hope than in expectation. As for the hosts, they are having to look across the city at the noisy neighbours and they must be thinking "how can we stay in touch?" Injuries have been a big worry for Jose Mourinho, who this week expressed irritation that Phil Jones had come from England duty busted. Mourinho was annoyed that England used Jones even though he had an existing thigh problem. "For me the stranger thing with Phil Jones is that I have been a manager since 2000 and in 17 years as a manager I don't have one single player that had injections of anaesthetic to play a friendly," he said. "Never. Never. I am not an angel and I had players be injected to play official matches, crucial matches, but a friendly? To get six local anaesthetic injections to play a friendly, I've never heard of that. But Phil Jones had it and had it before the match and after 15 minutes he was out and he is out (against Newcastle on Saturday)." Asked if he had taken the matter up with Southgate, Mourinho added: "No, no, no. I am just telling a fact. He was injected in the afternoon of the match, he didn't feel good during the warm-up. Between the warm-up and the start of the match he had five more local injections to play the friendly. I have nothing more to say."

Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1: Paul Pogba and Zlatan return in classy, comfortable win

This had looked like being a troubled evening for Manchester United but, from cutting an anxious figure on the touchline, Jose Mourinho was ultimately able to sit back and relax from his seat in the dug-out and, in his words, “really enjoy the quality and beauty of our football”. The gap to Manchester City remains eight points but Mourinho has the cavalry back and, perhaps no less significantly, appears willing to loosen the shackles a little as he bids to hunt down the Premier League leaders. Paul Pogba proved just how sorely he has been missed on a liberating first appearance for 10 weeks and Mourinho’s joy at having his midfield talisman back was matched only by the sight of Zlatan Ibrahimovic making his return from the substitute’s bench after seven months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury. “It was a big emotion to see the big guy back,” the United manager said. Ibrahimovic was given a hero’s welcome when he entered the pitch with 13 minutes left and, in that short time, did enough to suggest that, even at 36, such a serious injury is unlikely to have done any lasting damage. “It feels special, a different day, same quality,” the Swede said. “It is my head that is playing, my knee just needs to follow. I am not worried at all. Lions don’t recover like humans.” Manchester United had defended like lambs to be begin with. Newcastle led through Dwight Gayle and asked numerous questions of a makeshift back four, and Victor Lindelof in particular, but Rafael Benitez’s side were eventually swept aside by the sheer relentlessness of Mourinho’s attacking arsenal. Gentle introduction: Zlatan came on for the last quarter of an hour Credit: Reuters Victory extended Manchester United’s unbeaten run at Old Trafford to 38 matches but it was the manner of the response that resonated, and while no one should or could underestimate the influence of the returning Pogba, Mourinho’s decision to start Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in tandem for the first time in the Premier League this season was uplifting in itself. A sign of things to come? It will probably depend on the opposition judging by Mourinho’s post-match remarks. “We found them [Rashford and Martial] a certain balance … but we felt a bit of instability in our defensive areas and that was clearly not because of the defensive players but clearly because of our balance so to play them together gives us things but also takes some things from us,” Mourinho said. It certainly makes United better to watch, although Pogba was United’s driving force. Mourinho called him “irreplaceable” and in terms of the impact the Frenchman has on the team and the individuals around him, that is hard to disagree with. Once they had recovered from a poor first half hour, United were unrecognisable going forward from the cautious unit of late. Lukaku, in particular, looked the happiest and hungriest he has been for weeks, clearly delighted to have his friend and creative fulcrum back. His goal was his first in eight matches for United and another highlight for Mourinho, who celebrated it lustily. “Strikers like to score goals,” the Portuguese said. “It’s not a problem for me if he works like he always does and doesn’t score but for their self-esteem and self-confidence, strikers want to score goals and he wasn’t doing that for a few matches and I know that can affect striker’s confidence. So I was really happy that he scored that goal.” City’s victory over Leicester earlier in the day had left Manchester United with no margin for error but they certainly made life difficult for themselves and, even after coming from behind to take a 2-1 lead into the interval, were grateful Newcastle made a hash of a golden opportunity to draw level with seconds of the first half to play. Mourinho was without his first choice centre-half pairing of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones and it showed. Lindelof’s Premier League career had amounted to 68 minutes before this and if he was hoping to make a better fist of things on his first league start than he had in the 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield, when he was at fault for both goals, his wish was short-lived. Gayle laid the ball off to DeAndre Yedlin on the right and Yedlin charged down the line and cut inside before having the awareness to pull the ball back for the advancing Gayle. Lindelof should have intercepted at that point but got his feet in a muddle, stumbled and watch embarrassed from the deck as Gayle stroked a fine first time finish from 10 yards across David De Gea’s reach and in off the far post. Newcastle should have been two goals to the good before the home team hit back when Jonjo Shelvey sent in Jacob Murphy with a stunning pass but the Newcastle winger shot just wide of the far post. It was no surprise Pogba spearheaded the comeback. Worrying times: Rafa Benitez Credit: Reuters A quick shuffle of the feet bamboozled Javier Manquillo in the 36th minute, Pogba carving enough space for him to clip over a delightful cross for Martial to thump home a header. Newcastle needed to get to the interval level but Ashley Young wriggled free and whipped a pinpoint cross to the far post that looped over Florian Lejeune and Manquillo and on to the head of Smalling to nod home. And Benitez’s frustration was compounded moments later when Isaac Hayden, through one-on-one with David De Gea, shot straight at the goalkeeper and thereafter it was one-way traffic. The third goal was a minor classic. Mata fed Lukaku, who whipped over a fine cross that Rashford cleverly nodded the ball into the path of Pogba, who had raced half the field to slot home. “He effects our football,” Mourinho said of Pogba. “When he was injured I decided to close my mouth, we cannot be crying, but we all know - myself, and the fellow players - that some players influence the level of the team, so with him we had much more creation, we have a second way out from the first phase and I’m so happy. He’s player we need to protect.” Three became four when Lukaku cut inside from the right, exchanging a one-two with Mata and then took his time before thundering a shot into the roof of the net after. Then Ibrahimovic entered the fray. This was a very good day for Mourinho.   7:25PM Full time: Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 That could hardly have gone better for Man United. Newcastle were good in the first half hour and took the lead, but the pace and power of Lukaku and Martial, aided by the promptings of Mata, Rashford and Pogba, carved the visitors open time and again. Pogba back, Zlatan back, four goals. It's all good. Match report coming up. 7:20PM 89 mins Ooh, Zlatan! Matic picks him out, Ibrahimovic tries an acrobatic kick. Saved. Now Zlatan turns provider and stands up a nice cross. Newcastle are under huge pressure. Another cross comes in. Fellaini! Heads it straight at the keeper. 7:18PM 87 mins Crowd are having a pleasant time, the match is drifting gently towards its inevitable conclusion. Newcastle fans are still cheering on their lads. 7:13PM 82 mins Mata off for a well earned rest, Herrera comes on. 7:10PM 80 mins Zlatan, coming deep to get the ball, is cheered every time he touches it. Great to see @Ibra_official back in action. To recover from such a serious injury so quickly at his age is remarkable. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 18, 2017 7:09PM 78 mins "I am sure he has got more money than a lot of people," says Robbie Savage of Zlatan. Yes, I would imagine that he probably has. Shelvey, Newcastle's best player, lashes a drive just wide. 7:07PM 77 mins Seven months Zlatan has been out.  Diame on for Dwight Gayle, not quite as exciting. 7:06PM 75 mins Lukaku, by the way, was mobbed by his teammates after he scored that. Here comes Zlatan! Martial the man who makes way. 7:05PM 74 mins All this evening needs for United now is a run-out for the Z Man. 7:02PM GOAL! Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 Oooh, poor Newcastle are getting a pumping here. AWFUL defending from the Mags. Mourinho's men are running rings round them, Attempt Saved: Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 67 min) Super movement from Lukaku, he's involved in the build up, and he's there to finish it off by smashing the ball joyously into the roof of the net. 7:00PM 69 mins Paul Pogba, who has been excellent, is withdrawn. Big Marouane comes on. 6:59PM 68 mins Smalling stretches, fouls Hayden. Sore one but not malicious. Ref plays a good advantage, Murphy cracks the ball at the goal. Tipped over. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 67 min) 6:57PM 67 mins Old Trafford erupts in applause for Zlatan, who is warming up on the touchline. 6:57PM 66 mins Matt Ritchie comes off, Rolando Aarons comes on. 6:56PM 65 mins Shelvey with a powerful run, but then trips over his own feet. The crowd roar with mocking laughter. 6:55PM 63 mins The work by Man United down the flanks has been exceptional. Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Paul Pogba, 54 min) This is a proper United side. 6:49PM 58 min Man United are at it here, the Mags are being torn apart. Lukaku down the left, Rashford is in the centre. A better cross from Romelu and that's four. 6:48PM 57 mins Corner... and Pogba goes for the spectacular! Overhead effort. 6:45PM GOAL! Man United 3 Newcastle United 1 That is a lovely bit of play from Rashford. Lukaku tears down the right, he crosses and Rashford produces a cushioned header. Right into the path of the late-arriving Pogba, and that's a tap in for him. Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Paul Pogba, 54 min) 6:43PM 51 mins Miss: Man Utd 2 - 1 Newcastle (Anthony Martial, 50 min) 6:41PM 50 mins Man United looking pretty boss right now. Martial dangerous down that left, crosses but cannot find a man. 6:38PM 47 mins Delightful play from Man United. Pogba with an incisive ball forward, Rashford with a cute flick on, Lukaku within a yard of being in. 6:36PM 46 mins Can Newcastle get back into this? No changes at the half time. 6:22PM Half time: Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 1 Enjoyable half. Newcastle gave a really good account of themselves for half an hour but have been undone by two simple, similar moves: cross, header. They need to mark up better. 6:21PM 45 mins Benitez looks thoroughly sick on the touchline. Very annoying time to concede.  But now a chance for Newcastle. Hayden is played through by Ritchie. He tries to open his body and curl it around De Gea but he hits it straight at the keeper. It rebounds out. Drilled back in by Ritchie and it hits Gayle. Could have gone anywhere, could have gone in. It didn't, and that is the half. 6:17PM GOAL! Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 1 It's a superb ball into the box, Smalling has stayed forward from a corner. Lovely delivery from Young, Smalling gets up well at the back stick, and he has nodded the hosts ahead on the stroke of half time. Man Utd 2 - 1 Newcastle (Chris Smalling, 45 + 1 min) 6:16PM 44 mins Clark marshalling the defence pretty well. Heads clear. Oooh but he has got away with one there: the ball is played in for Lukaku, Clark is apparently helping him to get undressed. "You can see the shirt lifted up, the arm around the neck, that should be a penalty," says G Poll. 6:14PM 42 mins Schoolboy stuff from Young and Mata as they fail to play to the whistle, Murphy picks their pockets.  Soon after, Shelvey crunches a strike at goal. 6:13PM 41 mins Joselu nearly causes a calamity when he heads over his own crossbar. 6:10PM 39 mins The insanely quick Yedlin sets up a chance through his pace and direct running. Miss: Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 39 min) 6:08PM GOAL! MAN UNITED EQUALISE and it is down to some individual brilliance from Paul Pogba. He gets the ball, he twists and he turns, he does superbly to keep it, and now he stands the ball up perfectly for Martial to head it home. Excellent play. Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle (Anthony Martial, 37 min) 6:06PM 34 mins Newcastle keeper Elliot clattered by his colleague Manquillo. Needs treatment. 6:04PM 32 mins Martial down the left, playing it into the box aerially for, erm, Mata. Not the right target man, surely? 6:03PM 31 mins Pogba has fouled Hayden. Shelvey delivers in a freekick. Valencia clears. 6:02PM 29 mins Rashford, good work down the right, wins a corner. Delivers it. Newcastle cannot really clear. Man United turning the screw, they have the visitors on the rack here. Shelvey's having a good match. 6:01PM 25 mins Lukaku has headed over. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 1 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 25 min) Should he have done better? Mourinho, head in hands, clearly thinks so.  5:54PM 21 mins Another good move from Newcastle. Cross comes in, Dwight Gayle attacks the ball. Ritchie goes for the follow up and clatters his teammate. Oof. He's okay to carry on. Believing everything would be alright because Pogba is back pic.twitter.com/LKhvUiBQMJ— Darren Richman (@darrenrichman) November 18, 2017 5:52PM 20 mins Rashford has a crack from 20 yards, cutting in from the left. 5:50PM 18 mins Man United are having a shocker at the back. Young and Smalling are playing like they've never met each other before. They're opened up all too easily by a through ball here. Shelvey the surgeon, and it's Murphy who has the shot. It rolls agonisingly wide of the post. 5:48PM Lovely stuff from my friend Nick Dwight Gayle joins illustrious company as the second oppo player to score at Old Trafford this season. The other: Burton's Lloyd Dyer.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) November 18, 2017 5:47PM 15 mins MUFC look to hit back and have a corner. Not properly cleared. Here is Mata with a chance to cross. Hayden heads behind. Another corner. Rashford shoots from the edge of the area. Wide. Neither Rashers nor Martial have made any impression at all. 5:45PM GOAL! Newcastle United! This Lindelof is all over the shop! Newcastle's speedy Yedlin tears down the right, low cross, Lindelof slips over and there's Gayle to slot the ball into the corner. Man Utd 0 - 1 Newcastle (Dwight Gayle, 14 min) Newcastle had FOUR men in the box, God alone knows where the Man United central defence was! 5:42PM 12 mins Hayden has been putting it about, he's chopped down the breaking Mata and can have no complaints about his receipt of the game's first yellow card. 5:41PM 10 mins Newcastle have had their first attempt.  Out: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Ciaran Clark, 11 min) Clark might have done better with the header from that corner. 5:38PM 7 mins We have our first chance! Valencia motors down the right, he crosses low. Lukaku! Does not hit the target. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 7 min) 5:37PM 5 mins United are playing with a back four. Pogba and Hayden go for the ball, the latter treads on the toe of the former. Ouch. Talking of pain, Mata does not seem to be moving too well. Manquillo clatters Rashford. Uniteds we stand: Manchester vs Newcastle Credit: Getty 5:34PM 3 mins Shelvey has a chance to play a freekick into the box, Lukaku does some defensive work and heads clear. Lindelof seems to be wandering a bit. This is his first PL start. Will we see this chap later? Credit: PA 5:32PM 2 mins Headers. Lots of headers. Too casual from De Gea, plays Lindelof into trouble. He has to hack it out. 5:31PM 1 mins Newcastle kick off and spray the ball out to the left wing. It's out of play. 5:30PM Formidable MUFC team Pogba and Matic in the engine room, Mata creating, and then that quick, powerful and exciting front three of Martial, Rashford and Lukaku. Newcastle have their work cut out. 5:26PM Players are in the tunnel Let's play ball! 4:46PM Rafa Benitez on his Mourinho feud However, asked if he is older and wiser now, Benitez said: "I think so. Older - that is obvious - and a lot calmer and more relaxed, because you have more experience. "You know what's important. The main thing is the players. You have to concentrate on that. You have to be sure you get the best from your players." He said: "As a manager, you have to make decisions to leave players in the stands or say something that you think is good for your team. "Normally, I try to be respectful to everyone and do the best for my team." 4:37PM And of course Paul Pogba is in the Manchester United XI for the first time since Basel on September 12th. 4:36PM Zlatan on the bench What a tremendous boost that is for United, and dare I say it, for the League as a whole. 4:34PM And here are the teams for our 5.30pm kick off Man Utd: de Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Pogba, Matic, Rashford, Mata, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Rojo, Ibrahimovic,  Lingard, Romero, Ander Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini.  Newcastle: Elliot, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie,  Hayden, Shelvey, Murphy, Gayle, Joselu. Subs: Diame, Aarons,  Perez, Mbemba, Darlow, Jesus Gamez, Mitrovic.  Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire) 4:26PM Good afternoon Tyers here. welcome to our live blog of Manchester United versus Newcastle United. Rafa Benitez's men have been doing reasonably well but there is some cause for concern with their recent form: they have lost three and drawn two of their last six matches. The black and white colours were lowered by such middling opponents as Brighton, Burnley and Bournemouth, three matches that Rafa would surely have targeted as winnable. They travel to Old Trafford more in hope than in expectation. As for the hosts, they are having to look across the city at the noisy neighbours and they must be thinking "how can we stay in touch?" Injuries have been a big worry for Jose Mourinho, who this week expressed irritation that Phil Jones had come from England duty busted. Mourinho was annoyed that England used Jones even though he had an existing thigh problem. "For me the stranger thing with Phil Jones is that I have been a manager since 2000 and in 17 years as a manager I don't have one single player that had injections of anaesthetic to play a friendly," he said. "Never. Never. I am not an angel and I had players be injected to play official matches, crucial matches, but a friendly? To get six local anaesthetic injections to play a friendly, I've never heard of that. But Phil Jones had it and had it before the match and after 15 minutes he was out and he is out (against Newcastle on Saturday)." Asked if he had taken the matter up with Southgate, Mourinho added: "No, no, no. I am just telling a fact. He was injected in the afternoon of the match, he didn't feel good during the warm-up. Between the warm-up and the start of the match he had five more local injections to play the friendly. I have nothing more to say."

Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1: Paul Pogba and Zlatan return in classy, comfortable win

This had looked like being a troubled evening for Manchester United but, from cutting an anxious figure on the touchline, Jose Mourinho was ultimately able to sit back and relax from his seat in the dug-out and, in his words, “really enjoy the quality and beauty of our football”. The gap to Manchester City remains eight points but Mourinho has the cavalry back and, perhaps no less significantly, appears willing to loosen the shackles a little as he bids to hunt down the Premier League leaders. Paul Pogba proved just how sorely he has been missed on a liberating first appearance for 10 weeks and Mourinho’s joy at having his midfield talisman back was matched only by the sight of Zlatan Ibrahimovic making his return from the substitute’s bench after seven months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury. “It was a big emotion to see the big guy back,” the United manager said. Ibrahimovic was given a hero’s welcome when he entered the pitch with 13 minutes left and, in that short time, did enough to suggest that, even at 36, such a serious injury is unlikely to have done any lasting damage. “It feels special, a different day, same quality,” the Swede said. “It is my head that is playing, my knee just needs to follow. I am not worried at all. Lions don’t recover like humans.” Manchester United had defended like lambs to be begin with. Newcastle led through Dwight Gayle and asked numerous questions of a makeshift back four, and Victor Lindelof in particular, but Rafael Benitez’s side were eventually swept aside by the sheer relentlessness of Mourinho’s attacking arsenal. Gentle introduction: Zlatan came on for the last quarter of an hour Credit: Reuters Victory extended Manchester United’s unbeaten run at Old Trafford to 38 matches but it was the manner of the response that resonated, and while no one should or could underestimate the influence of the returning Pogba, Mourinho’s decision to start Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in tandem for the first time in the Premier League this season was uplifting in itself. A sign of things to come? It will probably depend on the opposition judging by Mourinho’s post-match remarks. “We found them [Rashford and Martial] a certain balance … but we felt a bit of instability in our defensive areas and that was clearly not because of the defensive players but clearly because of our balance so to play them together gives us things but also takes some things from us,” Mourinho said. It certainly makes United better to watch, although Pogba was United’s driving force. Mourinho called him “irreplaceable” and in terms of the impact the Frenchman has on the team and the individuals around him, that is hard to disagree with. Once they had recovered from a poor first half hour, United were unrecognisable going forward from the cautious unit of late. Lukaku, in particular, looked the happiest and hungriest he has been for weeks, clearly delighted to have his friend and creative fulcrum back. His goal was his first in eight matches for United and another highlight for Mourinho, who celebrated it lustily. “Strikers like to score goals,” the Portuguese said. “It’s not a problem for me if he works like he always does and doesn’t score but for their self-esteem and self-confidence, strikers want to score goals and he wasn’t doing that for a few matches and I know that can affect striker’s confidence. So I was really happy that he scored that goal.” City’s victory over Leicester earlier in the day had left Manchester United with no margin for error but they certainly made life difficult for themselves and, even after coming from behind to take a 2-1 lead into the interval, were grateful Newcastle made a hash of a golden opportunity to draw level with seconds of the first half to play. Mourinho was without his first choice centre-half pairing of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones and it showed. Lindelof’s Premier League career had amounted to 68 minutes before this and if he was hoping to make a better fist of things on his first league start than he had in the 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield, when he was at fault for both goals, his wish was short-lived. Gayle laid the ball off to DeAndre Yedlin on the right and Yedlin charged down the line and cut inside before having the awareness to pull the ball back for the advancing Gayle. Lindelof should have intercepted at that point but got his feet in a muddle, stumbled and watch embarrassed from the deck as Gayle stroked a fine first time finish from 10 yards across David De Gea’s reach and in off the far post. Newcastle should have been two goals to the good before the home team hit back when Jonjo Shelvey sent in Jacob Murphy with a stunning pass but the Newcastle winger shot just wide of the far post. It was no surprise Pogba spearheaded the comeback. Worrying times: Rafa Benitez Credit: Reuters A quick shuffle of the feet bamboozled Javier Manquillo in the 36th minute, Pogba carving enough space for him to clip over a delightful cross for Martial to thump home a header. Newcastle needed to get to the interval level but Ashley Young wriggled free and whipped a pinpoint cross to the far post that looped over Florian Lejeune and Manquillo and on to the head of Smalling to nod home. And Benitez’s frustration was compounded moments later when Isaac Hayden, through one-on-one with David De Gea, shot straight at the goalkeeper and thereafter it was one-way traffic. The third goal was a minor classic. Mata fed Lukaku, who whipped over a fine cross that Rashford cleverly nodded the ball into the path of Pogba, who had raced half the field to slot home. “He effects our football,” Mourinho said of Pogba. “When he was injured I decided to close my mouth, we cannot be crying, but we all know - myself, and the fellow players - that some players influence the level of the team, so with him we had much more creation, we have a second way out from the first phase and I’m so happy. He’s player we need to protect.” Three became four when Lukaku cut inside from the right, exchanging a one-two with Mata and then took his time before thundering a shot into the roof of the net after. Then Ibrahimovic entered the fray. This was a very good day for Mourinho.   7:25PM Full time: Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 That could hardly have gone better for Man United. Newcastle were good in the first half hour and took the lead, but the pace and power of Lukaku and Martial, aided by the promptings of Mata, Rashford and Pogba, carved the visitors open time and again. Pogba back, Zlatan back, four goals. It's all good. Match report coming up. 7:20PM 89 mins Ooh, Zlatan! Matic picks him out, Ibrahimovic tries an acrobatic kick. Saved. Now Zlatan turns provider and stands up a nice cross. Newcastle are under huge pressure. Another cross comes in. Fellaini! Heads it straight at the keeper. 7:18PM 87 mins Crowd are having a pleasant time, the match is drifting gently towards its inevitable conclusion. Newcastle fans are still cheering on their lads. 7:13PM 82 mins Mata off for a well earned rest, Herrera comes on. 7:10PM 80 mins Zlatan, coming deep to get the ball, is cheered every time he touches it. Great to see @Ibra_official back in action. To recover from such a serious injury so quickly at his age is remarkable. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 18, 2017 7:09PM 78 mins "I am sure he has got more money than a lot of people," says Robbie Savage of Zlatan. Yes, I would imagine that he probably has. Shelvey, Newcastle's best player, lashes a drive just wide. 7:07PM 77 mins Seven months Zlatan has been out.  Diame on for Dwight Gayle, not quite as exciting. 7:06PM 75 mins Lukaku, by the way, was mobbed by his teammates after he scored that. Here comes Zlatan! Martial the man who makes way. 7:05PM 74 mins All this evening needs for United now is a run-out for the Z Man. 7:02PM GOAL! Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 Oooh, poor Newcastle are getting a pumping here. AWFUL defending from the Mags. Mourinho's men are running rings round them, Attempt Saved: Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 67 min) Super movement from Lukaku, he's involved in the build up, and he's there to finish it off by smashing the ball joyously into the roof of the net. 7:00PM 69 mins Paul Pogba, who has been excellent, is withdrawn. Big Marouane comes on. 6:59PM 68 mins Smalling stretches, fouls Hayden. Sore one but not malicious. Ref plays a good advantage, Murphy cracks the ball at the goal. Tipped over. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 67 min) 6:57PM 67 mins Old Trafford erupts in applause for Zlatan, who is warming up on the touchline. 6:57PM 66 mins Matt Ritchie comes off, Rolando Aarons comes on. 6:56PM 65 mins Shelvey with a powerful run, but then trips over his own feet. The crowd roar with mocking laughter. 6:55PM 63 mins The work by Man United down the flanks has been exceptional. Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Paul Pogba, 54 min) This is a proper United side. 6:49PM 58 min Man United are at it here, the Mags are being torn apart. Lukaku down the left, Rashford is in the centre. A better cross from Romelu and that's four. 6:48PM 57 mins Corner... and Pogba goes for the spectacular! Overhead effort. 6:45PM GOAL! Man United 3 Newcastle United 1 That is a lovely bit of play from Rashford. Lukaku tears down the right, he crosses and Rashford produces a cushioned header. Right into the path of the late-arriving Pogba, and that's a tap in for him. Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Paul Pogba, 54 min) 6:43PM 51 mins Miss: Man Utd 2 - 1 Newcastle (Anthony Martial, 50 min) 6:41PM 50 mins Man United looking pretty boss right now. Martial dangerous down that left, crosses but cannot find a man. 6:38PM 47 mins Delightful play from Man United. Pogba with an incisive ball forward, Rashford with a cute flick on, Lukaku within a yard of being in. 6:36PM 46 mins Can Newcastle get back into this? No changes at the half time. 6:22PM Half time: Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 1 Enjoyable half. Newcastle gave a really good account of themselves for half an hour but have been undone by two simple, similar moves: cross, header. They need to mark up better. 6:21PM 45 mins Benitez looks thoroughly sick on the touchline. Very annoying time to concede.  But now a chance for Newcastle. Hayden is played through by Ritchie. He tries to open his body and curl it around De Gea but he hits it straight at the keeper. It rebounds out. Drilled back in by Ritchie and it hits Gayle. Could have gone anywhere, could have gone in. It didn't, and that is the half. 6:17PM GOAL! Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 1 It's a superb ball into the box, Smalling has stayed forward from a corner. Lovely delivery from Young, Smalling gets up well at the back stick, and he has nodded the hosts ahead on the stroke of half time. Man Utd 2 - 1 Newcastle (Chris Smalling, 45 + 1 min) 6:16PM 44 mins Clark marshalling the defence pretty well. Heads clear. Oooh but he has got away with one there: the ball is played in for Lukaku, Clark is apparently helping him to get undressed. "You can see the shirt lifted up, the arm around the neck, that should be a penalty," says G Poll. 6:14PM 42 mins Schoolboy stuff from Young and Mata as they fail to play to the whistle, Murphy picks their pockets.  Soon after, Shelvey crunches a strike at goal. 6:13PM 41 mins Joselu nearly causes a calamity when he heads over his own crossbar. 6:10PM 39 mins The insanely quick Yedlin sets up a chance through his pace and direct running. Miss: Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 39 min) 6:08PM GOAL! MAN UNITED EQUALISE and it is down to some individual brilliance from Paul Pogba. He gets the ball, he twists and he turns, he does superbly to keep it, and now he stands the ball up perfectly for Martial to head it home. Excellent play. Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle (Anthony Martial, 37 min) 6:06PM 34 mins Newcastle keeper Elliot clattered by his colleague Manquillo. Needs treatment. 6:04PM 32 mins Martial down the left, playing it into the box aerially for, erm, Mata. Not the right target man, surely? 6:03PM 31 mins Pogba has fouled Hayden. Shelvey delivers in a freekick. Valencia clears. 6:02PM 29 mins Rashford, good work down the right, wins a corner. Delivers it. Newcastle cannot really clear. Man United turning the screw, they have the visitors on the rack here. Shelvey's having a good match. 6:01PM 25 mins Lukaku has headed over. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 1 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 25 min) Should he have done better? Mourinho, head in hands, clearly thinks so.  5:54PM 21 mins Another good move from Newcastle. Cross comes in, Dwight Gayle attacks the ball. Ritchie goes for the follow up and clatters his teammate. Oof. He's okay to carry on. Believing everything would be alright because Pogba is back pic.twitter.com/LKhvUiBQMJ— Darren Richman (@darrenrichman) November 18, 2017 5:52PM 20 mins Rashford has a crack from 20 yards, cutting in from the left. 5:50PM 18 mins Man United are having a shocker at the back. Young and Smalling are playing like they've never met each other before. They're opened up all too easily by a through ball here. Shelvey the surgeon, and it's Murphy who has the shot. It rolls agonisingly wide of the post. 5:48PM Lovely stuff from my friend Nick Dwight Gayle joins illustrious company as the second oppo player to score at Old Trafford this season. The other: Burton's Lloyd Dyer.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) November 18, 2017 5:47PM 15 mins MUFC look to hit back and have a corner. Not properly cleared. Here is Mata with a chance to cross. Hayden heads behind. Another corner. Rashford shoots from the edge of the area. Wide. Neither Rashers nor Martial have made any impression at all. 5:45PM GOAL! Newcastle United! This Lindelof is all over the shop! Newcastle's speedy Yedlin tears down the right, low cross, Lindelof slips over and there's Gayle to slot the ball into the corner. Man Utd 0 - 1 Newcastle (Dwight Gayle, 14 min) Newcastle had FOUR men in the box, God alone knows where the Man United central defence was! 5:42PM 12 mins Hayden has been putting it about, he's chopped down the breaking Mata and can have no complaints about his receipt of the game's first yellow card. 5:41PM 10 mins Newcastle have had their first attempt.  Out: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Ciaran Clark, 11 min) Clark might have done better with the header from that corner. 5:38PM 7 mins We have our first chance! Valencia motors down the right, he crosses low. Lukaku! Does not hit the target. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 7 min) 5:37PM 5 mins United are playing with a back four. Pogba and Hayden go for the ball, the latter treads on the toe of the former. Ouch. Talking of pain, Mata does not seem to be moving too well. Manquillo clatters Rashford. Uniteds we stand: Manchester vs Newcastle Credit: Getty 5:34PM 3 mins Shelvey has a chance to play a freekick into the box, Lukaku does some defensive work and heads clear. Lindelof seems to be wandering a bit. This is his first PL start. Will we see this chap later? Credit: PA 5:32PM 2 mins Headers. Lots of headers. Too casual from De Gea, plays Lindelof into trouble. He has to hack it out. 5:31PM 1 mins Newcastle kick off and spray the ball out to the left wing. It's out of play. 5:30PM Formidable MUFC team Pogba and Matic in the engine room, Mata creating, and then that quick, powerful and exciting front three of Martial, Rashford and Lukaku. Newcastle have their work cut out. 5:26PM Players are in the tunnel Let's play ball! 4:46PM Rafa Benitez on his Mourinho feud However, asked if he is older and wiser now, Benitez said: "I think so. Older - that is obvious - and a lot calmer and more relaxed, because you have more experience. "You know what's important. The main thing is the players. You have to concentrate on that. You have to be sure you get the best from your players." He said: "As a manager, you have to make decisions to leave players in the stands or say something that you think is good for your team. "Normally, I try to be respectful to everyone and do the best for my team." 4:37PM And of course Paul Pogba is in the Manchester United XI for the first time since Basel on September 12th. 4:36PM Zlatan on the bench What a tremendous boost that is for United, and dare I say it, for the League as a whole. 4:34PM And here are the teams for our 5.30pm kick off Man Utd: de Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Pogba, Matic, Rashford, Mata, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Rojo, Ibrahimovic,  Lingard, Romero, Ander Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini.  Newcastle: Elliot, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie,  Hayden, Shelvey, Murphy, Gayle, Joselu. Subs: Diame, Aarons,  Perez, Mbemba, Darlow, Jesus Gamez, Mitrovic.  Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire) 4:26PM Good afternoon Tyers here. welcome to our live blog of Manchester United versus Newcastle United. Rafa Benitez's men have been doing reasonably well but there is some cause for concern with their recent form: they have lost three and drawn two of their last six matches. The black and white colours were lowered by such middling opponents as Brighton, Burnley and Bournemouth, three matches that Rafa would surely have targeted as winnable. They travel to Old Trafford more in hope than in expectation. As for the hosts, they are having to look across the city at the noisy neighbours and they must be thinking "how can we stay in touch?" Injuries have been a big worry for Jose Mourinho, who this week expressed irritation that Phil Jones had come from England duty busted. Mourinho was annoyed that England used Jones even though he had an existing thigh problem. "For me the stranger thing with Phil Jones is that I have been a manager since 2000 and in 17 years as a manager I don't have one single player that had injections of anaesthetic to play a friendly," he said. "Never. Never. I am not an angel and I had players be injected to play official matches, crucial matches, but a friendly? To get six local anaesthetic injections to play a friendly, I've never heard of that. But Phil Jones had it and had it before the match and after 15 minutes he was out and he is out (against Newcastle on Saturday)." Asked if he had taken the matter up with Southgate, Mourinho added: "No, no, no. I am just telling a fact. He was injected in the afternoon of the match, he didn't feel good during the warm-up. Between the warm-up and the start of the match he had five more local injections to play the friendly. I have nothing more to say."

Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1: Paul Pogba and Zlatan return in classy, comfortable win

This had looked like being a troubled evening for Manchester United but, from cutting an anxious figure on the touchline, Jose Mourinho was ultimately able to sit back and relax from his seat in the dug-out and, in his words, “really enjoy the quality and beauty of our football”. The gap to Manchester City remains eight points but Mourinho has the cavalry back and, perhaps no less significantly, appears willing to loosen the shackles a little as he bids to hunt down the Premier League leaders. Paul Pogba proved just how sorely he has been missed on a liberating first appearance for 10 weeks and Mourinho’s joy at having his midfield talisman back was matched only by the sight of Zlatan Ibrahimovic making his return from the substitute’s bench after seven months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury. “It was a big emotion to see the big guy back,” the United manager said. Ibrahimovic was given a hero’s welcome when he entered the pitch with 13 minutes left and, in that short time, did enough to suggest that, even at 36, such a serious injury is unlikely to have done any lasting damage. “It feels special, a different day, same quality,” the Swede said. “It is my head that is playing, my knee just needs to follow. I am not worried at all. Lions don’t recover like humans.” Manchester United had defended like lambs to be begin with. Newcastle led through Dwight Gayle and asked numerous questions of a makeshift back four, and Victor Lindelof in particular, but Rafael Benitez’s side were eventually swept aside by the sheer relentlessness of Mourinho’s attacking arsenal. Gentle introduction: Zlatan came on for the last quarter of an hour Credit: Reuters Victory extended Manchester United’s unbeaten run at Old Trafford to 38 matches but it was the manner of the response that resonated, and while no one should or could underestimate the influence of the returning Pogba, Mourinho’s decision to start Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in tandem for the first time in the Premier League this season was uplifting in itself. A sign of things to come? It will probably depend on the opposition judging by Mourinho’s post-match remarks. “We found them [Rashford and Martial] a certain balance … but we felt a bit of instability in our defensive areas and that was clearly not because of the defensive players but clearly because of our balance so to play them together gives us things but also takes some things from us,” Mourinho said. It certainly makes United better to watch, although Pogba was United’s driving force. Mourinho called him “irreplaceable” and in terms of the impact the Frenchman has on the team and the individuals around him, that is hard to disagree with. Once they had recovered from a poor first half hour, United were unrecognisable going forward from the cautious unit of late. Lukaku, in particular, looked the happiest and hungriest he has been for weeks, clearly delighted to have his friend and creative fulcrum back. His goal was his first in eight matches for United and another highlight for Mourinho, who celebrated it lustily. “Strikers like to score goals,” the Portuguese said. “It’s not a problem for me if he works like he always does and doesn’t score but for their self-esteem and self-confidence, strikers want to score goals and he wasn’t doing that for a few matches and I know that can affect striker’s confidence. So I was really happy that he scored that goal.” City’s victory over Leicester earlier in the day had left Manchester United with no margin for error but they certainly made life difficult for themselves and, even after coming from behind to take a 2-1 lead into the interval, were grateful Newcastle made a hash of a golden opportunity to draw level with seconds of the first half to play. Mourinho was without his first choice centre-half pairing of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones and it showed. Lindelof’s Premier League career had amounted to 68 minutes before this and if he was hoping to make a better fist of things on his first league start than he had in the 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield, when he was at fault for both goals, his wish was short-lived. Gayle laid the ball off to DeAndre Yedlin on the right and Yedlin charged down the line and cut inside before having the awareness to pull the ball back for the advancing Gayle. Lindelof should have intercepted at that point but got his feet in a muddle, stumbled and watch embarrassed from the deck as Gayle stroked a fine first time finish from 10 yards across David De Gea’s reach and in off the far post. Newcastle should have been two goals to the good before the home team hit back when Jonjo Shelvey sent in Jacob Murphy with a stunning pass but the Newcastle winger shot just wide of the far post. It was no surprise Pogba spearheaded the comeback. Worrying times: Rafa Benitez Credit: Reuters A quick shuffle of the feet bamboozled Javier Manquillo in the 36th minute, Pogba carving enough space for him to clip over a delightful cross for Martial to thump home a header. Newcastle needed to get to the interval level but Ashley Young wriggled free and whipped a pinpoint cross to the far post that looped over Florian Lejeune and Manquillo and on to the head of Smalling to nod home. And Benitez’s frustration was compounded moments later when Isaac Hayden, through one-on-one with David De Gea, shot straight at the goalkeeper and thereafter it was one-way traffic. The third goal was a minor classic. Mata fed Lukaku, who whipped over a fine cross that Rashford cleverly nodded the ball into the path of Pogba, who had raced half the field to slot home. “He effects our football,” Mourinho said of Pogba. “When he was injured I decided to close my mouth, we cannot be crying, but we all know - myself, and the fellow players - that some players influence the level of the team, so with him we had much more creation, we have a second way out from the first phase and I’m so happy. He’s player we need to protect.” Three became four when Lukaku cut inside from the right, exchanging a one-two with Mata and then took his time before thundering a shot into the roof of the net after. Then Ibrahimovic entered the fray. This was a very good day for Mourinho.   7:25PM Full time: Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 That could hardly have gone better for Man United. Newcastle were good in the first half hour and took the lead, but the pace and power of Lukaku and Martial, aided by the promptings of Mata, Rashford and Pogba, carved the visitors open time and again. Pogba back, Zlatan back, four goals. It's all good. Match report coming up. 7:20PM 89 mins Ooh, Zlatan! Matic picks him out, Ibrahimovic tries an acrobatic kick. Saved. Now Zlatan turns provider and stands up a nice cross. Newcastle are under huge pressure. Another cross comes in. Fellaini! Heads it straight at the keeper. 7:18PM 87 mins Crowd are having a pleasant time, the match is drifting gently towards its inevitable conclusion. Newcastle fans are still cheering on their lads. 7:13PM 82 mins Mata off for a well earned rest, Herrera comes on. 7:10PM 80 mins Zlatan, coming deep to get the ball, is cheered every time he touches it. Great to see @Ibra_official back in action. To recover from such a serious injury so quickly at his age is remarkable. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 18, 2017 7:09PM 78 mins "I am sure he has got more money than a lot of people," says Robbie Savage of Zlatan. Yes, I would imagine that he probably has. Shelvey, Newcastle's best player, lashes a drive just wide. 7:07PM 77 mins Seven months Zlatan has been out.  Diame on for Dwight Gayle, not quite as exciting. 7:06PM 75 mins Lukaku, by the way, was mobbed by his teammates after he scored that. Here comes Zlatan! Martial the man who makes way. 7:05PM 74 mins All this evening needs for United now is a run-out for the Z Man. 7:02PM GOAL! Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 Oooh, poor Newcastle are getting a pumping here. AWFUL defending from the Mags. Mourinho's men are running rings round them, Attempt Saved: Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 67 min) Super movement from Lukaku, he's involved in the build up, and he's there to finish it off by smashing the ball joyously into the roof of the net. 7:00PM 69 mins Paul Pogba, who has been excellent, is withdrawn. Big Marouane comes on. 6:59PM 68 mins Smalling stretches, fouls Hayden. Sore one but not malicious. Ref plays a good advantage, Murphy cracks the ball at the goal. Tipped over. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 67 min) 6:57PM 67 mins Old Trafford erupts in applause for Zlatan, who is warming up on the touchline. 6:57PM 66 mins Matt Ritchie comes off, Rolando Aarons comes on. 6:56PM 65 mins Shelvey with a powerful run, but then trips over his own feet. The crowd roar with mocking laughter. 6:55PM 63 mins The work by Man United down the flanks has been exceptional. Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Paul Pogba, 54 min) This is a proper United side. 6:49PM 58 min Man United are at it here, the Mags are being torn apart. Lukaku down the left, Rashford is in the centre. A better cross from Romelu and that's four. 6:48PM 57 mins Corner... and Pogba goes for the spectacular! Overhead effort. 6:45PM GOAL! Man United 3 Newcastle United 1 That is a lovely bit of play from Rashford. Lukaku tears down the right, he crosses and Rashford produces a cushioned header. Right into the path of the late-arriving Pogba, and that's a tap in for him. Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Paul Pogba, 54 min) 6:43PM 51 mins Miss: Man Utd 2 - 1 Newcastle (Anthony Martial, 50 min) 6:41PM 50 mins Man United looking pretty boss right now. Martial dangerous down that left, crosses but cannot find a man. 6:38PM 47 mins Delightful play from Man United. Pogba with an incisive ball forward, Rashford with a cute flick on, Lukaku within a yard of being in. 6:36PM 46 mins Can Newcastle get back into this? No changes at the half time. 6:22PM Half time: Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 1 Enjoyable half. Newcastle gave a really good account of themselves for half an hour but have been undone by two simple, similar moves: cross, header. They need to mark up better. 6:21PM 45 mins Benitez looks thoroughly sick on the touchline. Very annoying time to concede.  But now a chance for Newcastle. Hayden is played through by Ritchie. He tries to open his body and curl it around De Gea but he hits it straight at the keeper. It rebounds out. Drilled back in by Ritchie and it hits Gayle. Could have gone anywhere, could have gone in. It didn't, and that is the half. 6:17PM GOAL! Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 1 It's a superb ball into the box, Smalling has stayed forward from a corner. Lovely delivery from Young, Smalling gets up well at the back stick, and he has nodded the hosts ahead on the stroke of half time. Man Utd 2 - 1 Newcastle (Chris Smalling, 45 + 1 min) 6:16PM 44 mins Clark marshalling the defence pretty well. Heads clear. Oooh but he has got away with one there: the ball is played in for Lukaku, Clark is apparently helping him to get undressed. "You can see the shirt lifted up, the arm around the neck, that should be a penalty," says G Poll. 6:14PM 42 mins Schoolboy stuff from Young and Mata as they fail to play to the whistle, Murphy picks their pockets.  Soon after, Shelvey crunches a strike at goal. 6:13PM 41 mins Joselu nearly causes a calamity when he heads over his own crossbar. 6:10PM 39 mins The insanely quick Yedlin sets up a chance through his pace and direct running. Miss: Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 39 min) 6:08PM GOAL! MAN UNITED EQUALISE and it is down to some individual brilliance from Paul Pogba. He gets the ball, he twists and he turns, he does superbly to keep it, and now he stands the ball up perfectly for Martial to head it home. Excellent play. Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle (Anthony Martial, 37 min) 6:06PM 34 mins Newcastle keeper Elliot clattered by his colleague Manquillo. Needs treatment. 6:04PM 32 mins Martial down the left, playing it into the box aerially for, erm, Mata. Not the right target man, surely? 6:03PM 31 mins Pogba has fouled Hayden. Shelvey delivers in a freekick. Valencia clears. 6:02PM 29 mins Rashford, good work down the right, wins a corner. Delivers it. Newcastle cannot really clear. Man United turning the screw, they have the visitors on the rack here. Shelvey's having a good match. 6:01PM 25 mins Lukaku has headed over. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 1 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 25 min) Should he have done better? Mourinho, head in hands, clearly thinks so.  5:54PM 21 mins Another good move from Newcastle. Cross comes in, Dwight Gayle attacks the ball. Ritchie goes for the follow up and clatters his teammate. Oof. He's okay to carry on. Believing everything would be alright because Pogba is back pic.twitter.com/LKhvUiBQMJ— Darren Richman (@darrenrichman) November 18, 2017 5:52PM 20 mins Rashford has a crack from 20 yards, cutting in from the left. 5:50PM 18 mins Man United are having a shocker at the back. Young and Smalling are playing like they've never met each other before. They're opened up all too easily by a through ball here. Shelvey the surgeon, and it's Murphy who has the shot. It rolls agonisingly wide of the post. 5:48PM Lovely stuff from my friend Nick Dwight Gayle joins illustrious company as the second oppo player to score at Old Trafford this season. The other: Burton's Lloyd Dyer.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) November 18, 2017 5:47PM 15 mins MUFC look to hit back and have a corner. Not properly cleared. Here is Mata with a chance to cross. Hayden heads behind. Another corner. Rashford shoots from the edge of the area. Wide. Neither Rashers nor Martial have made any impression at all. 5:45PM GOAL! Newcastle United! This Lindelof is all over the shop! Newcastle's speedy Yedlin tears down the right, low cross, Lindelof slips over and there's Gayle to slot the ball into the corner. Man Utd 0 - 1 Newcastle (Dwight Gayle, 14 min) Newcastle had FOUR men in the box, God alone knows where the Man United central defence was! 5:42PM 12 mins Hayden has been putting it about, he's chopped down the breaking Mata and can have no complaints about his receipt of the game's first yellow card. 5:41PM 10 mins Newcastle have had their first attempt.  Out: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Ciaran Clark, 11 min) Clark might have done better with the header from that corner. 5:38PM 7 mins We have our first chance! Valencia motors down the right, he crosses low. Lukaku! Does not hit the target. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 7 min) 5:37PM 5 mins United are playing with a back four. Pogba and Hayden go for the ball, the latter treads on the toe of the former. Ouch. Talking of pain, Mata does not seem to be moving too well. Manquillo clatters Rashford. Uniteds we stand: Manchester vs Newcastle Credit: Getty 5:34PM 3 mins Shelvey has a chance to play a freekick into the box, Lukaku does some defensive work and heads clear. Lindelof seems to be wandering a bit. This is his first PL start. Will we see this chap later? Credit: PA 5:32PM 2 mins Headers. Lots of headers. Too casual from De Gea, plays Lindelof into trouble. He has to hack it out. 5:31PM 1 mins Newcastle kick off and spray the ball out to the left wing. It's out of play. 5:30PM Formidable MUFC team Pogba and Matic in the engine room, Mata creating, and then that quick, powerful and exciting front three of Martial, Rashford and Lukaku. Newcastle have their work cut out. 5:26PM Players are in the tunnel Let's play ball! 4:46PM Rafa Benitez on his Mourinho feud However, asked if he is older and wiser now, Benitez said: "I think so. Older - that is obvious - and a lot calmer and more relaxed, because you have more experience. "You know what's important. The main thing is the players. You have to concentrate on that. You have to be sure you get the best from your players." He said: "As a manager, you have to make decisions to leave players in the stands or say something that you think is good for your team. "Normally, I try to be respectful to everyone and do the best for my team." 4:37PM And of course Paul Pogba is in the Manchester United XI for the first time since Basel on September 12th. 4:36PM Zlatan on the bench What a tremendous boost that is for United, and dare I say it, for the League as a whole. 4:34PM And here are the teams for our 5.30pm kick off Man Utd: de Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Pogba, Matic, Rashford, Mata, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Rojo, Ibrahimovic,  Lingard, Romero, Ander Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini.  Newcastle: Elliot, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie,  Hayden, Shelvey, Murphy, Gayle, Joselu. Subs: Diame, Aarons,  Perez, Mbemba, Darlow, Jesus Gamez, Mitrovic.  Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire) 4:26PM Good afternoon Tyers here. welcome to our live blog of Manchester United versus Newcastle United. Rafa Benitez's men have been doing reasonably well but there is some cause for concern with their recent form: they have lost three and drawn two of their last six matches. The black and white colours were lowered by such middling opponents as Brighton, Burnley and Bournemouth, three matches that Rafa would surely have targeted as winnable. They travel to Old Trafford more in hope than in expectation. As for the hosts, they are having to look across the city at the noisy neighbours and they must be thinking "how can we stay in touch?" Injuries have been a big worry for Jose Mourinho, who this week expressed irritation that Phil Jones had come from England duty busted. Mourinho was annoyed that England used Jones even though he had an existing thigh problem. "For me the stranger thing with Phil Jones is that I have been a manager since 2000 and in 17 years as a manager I don't have one single player that had injections of anaesthetic to play a friendly," he said. "Never. Never. I am not an angel and I had players be injected to play official matches, crucial matches, but a friendly? To get six local anaesthetic injections to play a friendly, I've never heard of that. But Phil Jones had it and had it before the match and after 15 minutes he was out and he is out (against Newcastle on Saturday)." Asked if he had taken the matter up with Southgate, Mourinho added: "No, no, no. I am just telling a fact. He was injected in the afternoon of the match, he didn't feel good during the warm-up. Between the warm-up and the start of the match he had five more local injections to play the friendly. I have nothing more to say."

West Brom 0 Chelsea 4: Tony Pulis faces sack as Baggies battered and boos ring out at Hawthorns

Tony Pulis has built a career on being a fighter, but he sounded like a beaten man after watching West Bromwich Albion fall to a humiliating fourth successive Premier League defeat that left him on the brink of the sack. With the club’s Chinese owner Guochuan Lai in the stands, the West Brom fans could not have made their feelings any clearer as they worked their way through a list of “Pulis out” chants that increased in volume after each Chelsea goal. Pulis himself chose not to argue against the calls for his head and admitted that West Brom chairman John Williams had spoken to him in the dressing-room following the latest loss, but would not reveal what was said. There was certainly no suggestion he had received any reassurance over his position and it seems like a question of when and not if the axe falls. “What is the right decision for the football club, that’s the most important thing,” said Pulis. “It’s not about me, the chairman or the owner. This club will be here long after I have gone. “I have been in the game long enough to know what happens if you get on a bad run and a decision has to be made that is right for the club.” Alvaro Morata celebrates his goal Credit: REUTERS Pulis travelled straight down to Bournemouth to meet with friends on Saturday night and added: “I met with the owner last night (Friday) and he is a really good person. John Williams came in the dressing-room after the game, but what we spoke about will remain private. We will see what happens.” Pulis had used his programme notes to try to remind the West Brom fans, and possibly Lai, what he feels he has achieved during his time at the club. But the only fact that mattered to the fans who chanted “Tony Pulis, get out of our club” was that this was an 11th game in all competitions without a victory. They want a change and they want it now. West Brom’s difficulty is the fact they first need somebody to get them out of a relegation scrap and Pulis would normally be considered the perfect man for that particular job. Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto di Matteo were both sacked by Chelsea following defeats to West Brom, but current head coach Antonio Conte must love a trip to the Black Country. Conte’s Chelsea team clinched the Premier League title at The Hawthorns in May thanks to a last-gasp goal from Michy Batshuayi, but this game was over after just 38 minutes. Having started brightly, West Brom collapsed once they went behind in the 17th minute to an Alvaro Morata goal. Eden Hazard’s shot was well saved by Ben Foster and Chelsea’s record signing reacted quickest to steer the ball into the net. Hazard celebrated the goal by going to the home fans, who had accused him of feigning injury a few minutes earlier. The Belgian got his ultimate revenge by finishing off a wonderful move to double Chelsea’s lead shortly afterwards. A Cesc Fabregas pass was beautifully flicked through by Morata and Hazard beat Foster to the ball to score. The assist was the 12th Premier League goal Morata had been involved in since joining the Blues, scoring eight times and making four others. Hearing the West Brom fans join the Chelsea travelling support in singing “You’re getting sacked in the morning” will have hurt Pulis, but not as much as the manner in which his team conceded a third before half-time. Fabregas found Marcos Alonso completely unmarked at the back post with a free-kick and the left-back could not really miss. For a man who prides himself on set-piece organisation, that felt like game over for Pulis. Alonso’s goal sparked chants of “Get out of our club” and “Tony Pulis, your football is s***, with boos ringing out around The Hawthorns when the half-time whistle went. Needing a miracle to get his team back into the match, Pulis sent on defensive midfielder Claudio Yacob for the second period but it was not long until things got even worse. Foster managed to stop one Hazard shot with his legs, but the forward netted his second and Chelsea’s fourth goal just after the hour mark, and, once again, it was far too easy. Fabregas played a perfect pass over the West Brom midfield for Hazard, who held off Ahmed Hegazi and checked back before firing the ball into the net. The goal sparked a mass exodus among the home fans and those who stayed attempted to reinforce their point to Lai by chanting “We want Pulis out.” It will be a surprise if they do not get their wish. A comfortable win was the perfect preparation for a Champions League trip to Qarabag for Chelsea, but Conte is unhappy with the fixture scheduling. “We are going to play against Qarabag and we will land at 5am or 6am on Thursday morning, and then we play a great game against Liverpool on Saturday,” said Conte. “Is it normal? I don’t think so. If someone wants more balance then they must pay great attention to the fixtures.” 4:32PM Goal! 10-man Bournemouth go three-up Bournemouth 3 - 0 Huddersfield (Harry Arter, 70 min)   4:29PM Goal! Liverpool seal three points Liverpool 3 - 0 Southampton (Philippe Coutinho, 68 min)   4:27PM Goal! Chelsea make it four West Brom 0 - 4 Chelsea (Eden Hazard, 62 min)   4:08PM Goal! Man City double their lead Leicester 0 - 2 Man City (Kevin De Bruyne, 49 min)   3:50PM Goal! Everton level at Selhurst Park Crystal Palace 2 - 2 Everton (Oumar Niasse, 45 + 1 min)   3:48PM Goal! Man City break the deadlock at the Kingpower Leicester 0 - 1 Man City (Gabriel Jesus, 45 min)   3:47PM Goal! Liverpool double their lead - and it's Salah again Liverpool 2 - 0 Southampton (Mohamed Salah, 41 min)   3:41PM Goal! Burnley double their lead against Swansea Burnley 2 - 0 Swansea (Ashley Barnes, 40 min)   3:40PM Goal! Blues cruise for Chelsea West Brom 0 - 3 Chelsea (Marcos Alonso, 38 min)   3:38PM Goal! Crystal Palace back ahead at Selhurst Park Crystal Palace 2 - 1 Everton (Wilfried Zaha, 35 min)   3:35PM Goal for Liverpool! Liverpool 1 - 0 Southampton (Mohamed Salah, 31 min)   3:28PM Goal! Bournemouth one up at home to Huddersfield Bournemouth 1 - 0 Huddersfield (Callum Wilson, 26 min)   3:27PM Goal! Chelsea double their lead at the Hawthorns West Brom 0 - 2 Chelsea (Eden Hazard, 23 min)   3:19PM Goal! Alvaro Morata puts Chelsea ahead West Brom 0 - 1 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 17 min)   3:07PM Goal! Everton equalise through Baines' penalty Crystal Palace 1 - 1 Everton (Leighton Baines, 6 min)   3:05PM Goal! Crystal Palace 1-0 up against Everton Crystal Palace 1 - 0 Everton (James McArthur, 1 min)   2:10PM Chelsea preview Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has leapt to the defence of Danny Drinkwater and criticised England boss Gareth Southgate for allowing a furore to erupt over the midfielder declining an international call-up. Drinkwater, who joined Chelsea from Leicester on the final day of the summer transfer window, is available for Saturday's Premier League trip to West Brom. The 27-year-old has been hampered by a calf problem which has limited his competitive action for Chelsea and felt a twinge in training after the draw with Manchester United which led to him rejecting an England call-up for this month's friendlies with Germany and Brazil on fitness grounds. And Conte cannot fathom why the midfielder was criticised - with some saying his World Cup hopes should now be over - or why Southgate did not call him directly. "It's a pity that a player had to pay for this misunderstanding," Conte said. "Drinkwater was very honest and he doesn't deserve to be attacked from the press or from the people because he was very honest. "In this situation every single player wants to go with the national team. We have to appreciate his behaviour and commitment. "If someone asks me I can explain. Before, to call (up) the player, if you call the coach (you ask) 'is this player good or does he have a problem? Is he tired or not'? "In this way you can avoid a misunderstanding because, about Drinkwater it was a misunderstanding. "He was injured and also he wasn't really 100 per cent fit to go with the national team."

West Brom 0 Chelsea 4: Tony Pulis faces sack as Baggies battered and boos ring out at Hawthorns

Tony Pulis has built a career on being a fighter, but he sounded like a beaten man after watching West Bromwich Albion fall to a humiliating fourth successive Premier League defeat that left him on the brink of the sack. With the club’s Chinese owner Guochuan Lai in the stands, the West Brom fans could not have made their feelings any clearer as they worked their way through a list of “Pulis out” chants that increased in volume after each Chelsea goal. Pulis himself chose not to argue against the calls for his head and admitted that West Brom chairman John Williams had spoken to him in the dressing-room following the latest loss, but would not reveal what was said. There was certainly no suggestion he had received any reassurance over his position and it seems like a question of when and not if the axe falls. “What is the right decision for the football club, that’s the most important thing,” said Pulis. “It’s not about me, the chairman or the owner. This club will be here long after I have gone. “I have been in the game long enough to know what happens if you get on a bad run and a decision has to be made that is right for the club.” Alvaro Morata celebrates his goal Credit: REUTERS Pulis travelled straight down to Bournemouth to meet with friends on Saturday night and added: “I met with the owner last night (Friday) and he is a really good person. John Williams came in the dressing-room after the game, but what we spoke about will remain private. We will see what happens.” Pulis had used his programme notes to try to remind the West Brom fans, and possibly Lai, what he feels he has achieved during his time at the club. But the only fact that mattered to the fans who chanted “Tony Pulis, get out of our club” was that this was an 11th game in all competitions without a victory. They want a change and they want it now. West Brom’s difficulty is the fact they first need somebody to get them out of a relegation scrap and Pulis would normally be considered the perfect man for that particular job. Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto di Matteo were both sacked by Chelsea following defeats to West Brom, but current head coach Antonio Conte must love a trip to the Black Country. Conte’s Chelsea team clinched the Premier League title at The Hawthorns in May thanks to a last-gasp goal from Michy Batshuayi, but this game was over after just 38 minutes. Having started brightly, West Brom collapsed once they went behind in the 17th minute to an Alvaro Morata goal. Eden Hazard’s shot was well saved by Ben Foster and Chelsea’s record signing reacted quickest to steer the ball into the net. Hazard celebrated the goal by going to the home fans, who had accused him of feigning injury a few minutes earlier. The Belgian got his ultimate revenge by finishing off a wonderful move to double Chelsea’s lead shortly afterwards. A Cesc Fabregas pass was beautifully flicked through by Morata and Hazard beat Foster to the ball to score. The assist was the 12th Premier League goal Morata had been involved in since joining the Blues, scoring eight times and making four others. Hearing the West Brom fans join the Chelsea travelling support in singing “You’re getting sacked in the morning” will have hurt Pulis, but not as much as the manner in which his team conceded a third before half-time. Fabregas found Marcos Alonso completely unmarked at the back post with a free-kick and the left-back could not really miss. For a man who prides himself on set-piece organisation, that felt like game over for Pulis. Alonso’s goal sparked chants of “Get out of our club” and “Tony Pulis, your football is s***, with boos ringing out around The Hawthorns when the half-time whistle went. Needing a miracle to get his team back into the match, Pulis sent on defensive midfielder Claudio Yacob for the second period but it was not long until things got even worse. Foster managed to stop one Hazard shot with his legs, but the forward netted his second and Chelsea’s fourth goal just after the hour mark, and, once again, it was far too easy. Fabregas played a perfect pass over the West Brom midfield for Hazard, who held off Ahmed Hegazi and checked back before firing the ball into the net. The goal sparked a mass exodus among the home fans and those who stayed attempted to reinforce their point to Lai by chanting “We want Pulis out.” It will be a surprise if they do not get their wish. A comfortable win was the perfect preparation for a Champions League trip to Qarabag for Chelsea, but Conte is unhappy with the fixture scheduling. “We are going to play against Qarabag and we will land at 5am or 6am on Thursday morning, and then we play a great game against Liverpool on Saturday,” said Conte. “Is it normal? I don’t think so. If someone wants more balance then they must pay great attention to the fixtures.” 4:32PM Goal! 10-man Bournemouth go three-up Bournemouth 3 - 0 Huddersfield (Harry Arter, 70 min)   4:29PM Goal! Liverpool seal three points Liverpool 3 - 0 Southampton (Philippe Coutinho, 68 min)   4:27PM Goal! Chelsea make it four West Brom 0 - 4 Chelsea (Eden Hazard, 62 min)   4:08PM Goal! Man City double their lead Leicester 0 - 2 Man City (Kevin De Bruyne, 49 min)   3:50PM Goal! Everton level at Selhurst Park Crystal Palace 2 - 2 Everton (Oumar Niasse, 45 + 1 min)   3:48PM Goal! Man City break the deadlock at the Kingpower Leicester 0 - 1 Man City (Gabriel Jesus, 45 min)   3:47PM Goal! Liverpool double their lead - and it's Salah again Liverpool 2 - 0 Southampton (Mohamed Salah, 41 min)   3:41PM Goal! Burnley double their lead against Swansea Burnley 2 - 0 Swansea (Ashley Barnes, 40 min)   3:40PM Goal! Blues cruise for Chelsea West Brom 0 - 3 Chelsea (Marcos Alonso, 38 min)   3:38PM Goal! Crystal Palace back ahead at Selhurst Park Crystal Palace 2 - 1 Everton (Wilfried Zaha, 35 min)   3:35PM Goal for Liverpool! Liverpool 1 - 0 Southampton (Mohamed Salah, 31 min)   3:28PM Goal! Bournemouth one up at home to Huddersfield Bournemouth 1 - 0 Huddersfield (Callum Wilson, 26 min)   3:27PM Goal! Chelsea double their lead at the Hawthorns West Brom 0 - 2 Chelsea (Eden Hazard, 23 min)   3:19PM Goal! Alvaro Morata puts Chelsea ahead West Brom 0 - 1 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 17 min)   3:07PM Goal! Everton equalise through Baines' penalty Crystal Palace 1 - 1 Everton (Leighton Baines, 6 min)   3:05PM Goal! Crystal Palace 1-0 up against Everton Crystal Palace 1 - 0 Everton (James McArthur, 1 min)   2:10PM Chelsea preview Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has leapt to the defence of Danny Drinkwater and criticised England boss Gareth Southgate for allowing a furore to erupt over the midfielder declining an international call-up. Drinkwater, who joined Chelsea from Leicester on the final day of the summer transfer window, is available for Saturday's Premier League trip to West Brom. The 27-year-old has been hampered by a calf problem which has limited his competitive action for Chelsea and felt a twinge in training after the draw with Manchester United which led to him rejecting an England call-up for this month's friendlies with Germany and Brazil on fitness grounds. And Conte cannot fathom why the midfielder was criticised - with some saying his World Cup hopes should now be over - or why Southgate did not call him directly. "It's a pity that a player had to pay for this misunderstanding," Conte said. "Drinkwater was very honest and he doesn't deserve to be attacked from the press or from the people because he was very honest. "In this situation every single player wants to go with the national team. We have to appreciate his behaviour and commitment. "If someone asks me I can explain. Before, to call (up) the player, if you call the coach (you ask) 'is this player good or does he have a problem? Is he tired or not'? "In this way you can avoid a misunderstanding because, about Drinkwater it was a misunderstanding. "He was injured and also he wasn't really 100 per cent fit to go with the national team."

Burnley 2 Swansea City 0: Jack Cork helps heap more pressure on former manager Paul Clement

Burnley 2 Swansea City 0: Jack Cork helps heap more pressure on former manager Paul Clement

Having effected one great escape, it remains to be seen whether the Swansea City manager Paul Clement will be entrusted to reprise his role from last season after a dismal 2-0 loss at Burnley. A sixth defeat in seven Premier League outings, marked the latest chapter in a compendium of misery for the Swansea City supporters’, who could be heard calling for the removal of chairman, Huw Jenkins during the second period with their team showing little signs of a revival. While Clement escaped their fire, a meeting scheduled with American co-owner Steve Kaplan on Saturday evening is likely to have prompted several searching questions, particularly in relation to the team’s offensive travails. Swansea have registered just 23 attempts on target in their 12 league outings and until the final moments of this contest - when Wilfired Bony tamely directed a shot straight at the Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope – it had threatened to be the fourth occasion this season when they had failed to register a single shot on target. “It is clear we are not playing well,” Clement said. “When you don’t play well it is hard to pick up results at this level. The big teams can play badly and still get a result. One of the problems we have got is belief and confidence. “When the first goal went in, it got sucked out of the players. We’ve really got to find a way to break this cycle that we’re in at the moment. “If the owners feel there is someone that can get better out of these players, it is their right to do that.” Defensive failings were also noticeable in both of Burnley’s goals. The first of which was scored by Jack Cork, who featured prominently in Swansea’s survival under Clement last term. Ashley Barnes killed-off the visitors in the 40th minute. Clement recently asserted that he had few regrets over Cork’s departure in the summer though perhaps he should have added a disclaimer to cover this fixture. “It is strange how football works,” Clement said. When Jack left us, we wished him all the best. He has come here and done very well but that was the business that was decided.” Cork’s form since his move to East Lancashire has been a revelation and brought international recognition, at a stage in his career, at 28, when he may have feared that his opportunity had slipped by. Here he delivered a wonderful rendition of box-to-box midfield play. “It was brilliant to see that,” said the Burnley manager Sean Dyche. “It's a detail of the game that isn’t quite as prevalent these days. I love to see my midfielders driving into the box like Bryan Robson, flying into the box and heading it in, you don't see that so often now.”

Manchester United vs Newcastle United, Premier League: live score updates

5:42PM 12 mins Hayden has been putting it about, he's chopped down the breaking Mata and can have no complaints about his receipt of the game's first yellow card. 5:41PM 10 mins Newcastle have had their first attempt.  Out: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Ciaran Clark, 11 min) Clark might have done better with the header from that corner. 5:38PM 7 mins We have our first chance! Valencia motors down the right, he crosses low. Lukaku! Does not hit the target. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 7 min) 5:37PM 5 mins United are playing with a back four. Pogba and Hayden go for the ball, the latter treads on the toe of the former. Ouch. Talking of pain, Mata does not seem to be moving too well. Manquillo clatters Rashford. 5:34PM 3 mins Shelvey has a chance to play a freekick into the box, Lukaku does some defensive work and heads clear. Lindelof seems to be wandering a bit. This is his first PL start. Will we see this chap later? Credit: PA 5:32PM 2 mins Headers. Lots of headers. Too casual from De Gea, plays Lindelof into trouble. He has to hack it out. 5:31PM 1 mins Newcastle kick off and spray the ball out to the left wing. It's out of play. 5:30PM Formidable MUFC team Pogba and Matic in the engine room, Mata creating, and then that quick, powerful and exciting front three of Martial, Rashford and Lukaku. Newcastle have their work cut out. 5:26PM Players are in the tunnel Let's play ball! 4:46PM Rafa Benitez on his Mourinho feud However, asked if he is older and wiser now, Benitez said: "I think so. Older - that is obvious - and a lot calmer and more relaxed, because you have more experience. "You know what's important. The main thing is the players. You have to concentrate on that. You have to be sure you get the best from your players." He said: "As a manager, you have to make decisions to leave players in the stands or say something that you think is good for your team. "Normally, I try to be respectful to everyone and do the best for my team." 4:37PM And of course Paul Pogba is in the Manchester United XI for the first time since Basel on September 12th. 4:36PM Zlatan on the bench What a tremendous boost that is for United, and dare I say it, for the League as a whole. 4:34PM And here are the teams for our 5.30pm kick off Man Utd: de Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Pogba, Matic, Rashford, Mata, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Rojo, Ibrahimovic,  Lingard, Romero, Ander Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini.  Newcastle: Elliot, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie,  Hayden, Shelvey, Murphy, Gayle, Joselu. Subs: Diame, Aarons,  Perez, Mbemba, Darlow, Jesus Gamez, Mitrovic.  Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire) 4:26PM Good afternoon Tyers here. welcome to our live blog of Manchester United versus Newcastle United. Rafa Benitez's men have been doing reasonably well but there is some cause for concern with their recent form: they have lost three and drawn two of their last six matches. The black and white colours were lowered by such middling opponents as Brighton, Burnley and Bournemouth, three matches that Rafa would surely have targeted as winnable. They travel to Old Trafford more in hope than in expectation. As for the hosts, they are having to look across the city at the noisy neighbours and they must be thinking "how can we stay in touch?" Injuries have been a big worry for Jose Mourinho, who this week expressed irritation that Phil Jones had come from England duty busted. Mourinho was annoyed that England used Jones even though he had an existing thigh problem. "For me the stranger thing with Phil Jones is that I have been a manager since 2000 and in 17 years as a manager I don't have one single player that had injections of anaesthetic to play a friendly," he said. "Never. Never. I am not an angel and I had players be injected to play official matches, crucial matches, but a friendly? To get six local anaesthetic injections to play a friendly, I've never heard of that. But Phil Jones had it and had it before the match and after 15 minutes he was out and he is out (against Newcastle on Saturday)." Asked if he had taken the matter up with Southgate, Mourinho added: "No, no, no. I am just telling a fact. He was injected in the afternoon of the match, he didn't feel good during the warm-up. Between the warm-up and the start of the match he had five more local injections to play the friendly. I have nothing more to say."

Jack Cork comes back to haunt former club Swansea as Burnley heap yet more pressure on Paul Clement

Jack Cork comes back to haunt former club Swansea as Burnley heap yet more pressure on Paul Clement

Jack Cork comes back to haunt former club Swansea as Burnley heap yet more pressure on Paul Clement

Jack Cork comes back to haunt former club Swansea as Burnley heap yet more pressure on Paul Clement

Jack Cork comes back to haunt former club Swansea as Burnley heap yet more pressure on Paul Clement

Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes on target as Burnley ease past Swansea City

Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes on target as Burnley ease past Swansea City

Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes on target as Burnley ease past Swansea City

Jack Cork celebrates scoring Burnley’s opening goal against Swansea.

Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes on target as Burnley ease past Swansea City

Premier League - Southampton vs Burnley

FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Premier League - Southampton vs Burnley - St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Britain - November 4, 2017 Burnley manager Sean Dyche applauds the fans at the end of the match Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

Burnley 2 Swansea City 0: Old boy Cork stars as Dyche's men win again

Burnley recorded three successive wins for the first time in the Premier League after Jack Cork inspired a 2-0 victory over Swansea City.

West Brom vs Chelsea live score plus goal updates from all Premier League 3pm matches

Goal updates from 3pm here 4:32PM Goal! 10-man Bournemouth go three-up Bournemouth 3 - 0 Huddersfield (Harry Arter, 70 min)   4:29PM Goal! Liverpool seal three points Liverpool 3 - 0 Southampton (Philippe Coutinho, 68 min)   4:27PM Goal! Chelsea make it four West Brom 0 - 4 Chelsea (Eden Hazard, 62 min)   4:08PM Goal! Man City double their lead Leicester 0 - 2 Man City (Kevin De Bruyne, 49 min)   3:50PM Goal! Everton level at Selhurst Park Crystal Palace 2 - 2 Everton (Oumar Niasse, 45 + 1 min)   3:48PM Goal! Man City break the deadlock at the Kingpower Leicester 0 - 1 Man City (Gabriel Jesus, 45 min)   3:47PM Goal! Liverpool double their lead - and it's Salah again Liverpool 2 - 0 Southampton (Mohamed Salah, 41 min)   3:41PM Goal! Burnley double their lead against Swansea Burnley 2 - 0 Swansea (Ashley Barnes, 40 min)   3:40PM Goal! Blues cruise for Chelsea West Brom 0 - 3 Chelsea (Marcos Alonso, 38 min)   3:38PM Goal! Crystal Palace back ahead at Selhurst Park Crystal Palace 2 - 1 Everton (Wilfried Zaha, 35 min)   3:35PM Goal for Liverpool! Liverpool 1 - 0 Southampton (Mohamed Salah, 31 min)   3:28PM Goal! Bournemouth one up at home to Huddersfield Bournemouth 1 - 0 Huddersfield (Callum Wilson, 26 min)   3:27PM Goal! Chelsea double their lead at the Hawthorns West Brom 0 - 2 Chelsea (Eden Hazard, 23 min)   3:19PM Goal! Alvaro Morata puts Chelsea ahead West Brom 0 - 1 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 17 min)   3:07PM Goal! Everton equalise through Baines' penalty Crystal Palace 1 - 1 Everton (Leighton Baines, 6 min)   3:05PM Goal! Crystal Palace 1-0 up against Everton Crystal Palace 1 - 0 Everton (James McArthur, 1 min)   2:10PM Chelsea preview Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has leapt to the defence of Danny Drinkwater and criticised England boss Gareth Southgate for allowing a furore to erupt over the midfielder declining an international call-up. Drinkwater, who joined Chelsea from Leicester on the final day of the summer transfer window, is available for Saturday's Premier League trip to West Brom. The 27-year-old has been hampered by a calf problem which has limited his competitive action for Chelsea and felt a twinge in training after the draw with Manchester United which led to him rejecting an England call-up for this month's friendlies with Germany and Brazil on fitness grounds. And Conte cannot fathom why the midfielder was criticised - with some saying his World Cup hopes should now be over - or why Southgate did not call him directly. "It's a pity that a player had to pay for this misunderstanding," Conte said. "Drinkwater was very honest and he doesn't deserve to be attacked from the press or from the people because he was very honest. "In this situation every single player wants to go with the national team. We have to appreciate his behaviour and commitment. "If someone asks me I can explain. Before, to call (up) the player, if you call the coach (you ask) 'is this player good or does he have a problem? Is he tired or not'? "In this way you can avoid a misunderstanding because, about Drinkwater it was a misunderstanding. "He was injured and also he wasn't really 100 per cent fit to go with the national team."

Premier League - Southampton vs Burnley

Soccer Football - Premier League - Southampton vs Burnley - St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Britain - November 4, 2017 Southampton's Virgil van Dijk takes a throw in REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Who is your club's most exciting youth prospect?

Injuries may have forced his hand, but Gareth Southgate won plenty of goodwill from England fans by giving youth a chance against Germany and Brazil. Supporters find themselves rooting for the youngsters in a team for a variety of reasons. Firstly, there is an obvious romantic attachment to those viewed as 'one of your own', players who are more easily related to than your average Premier League player.  Expectation levels are also lowered when there are some fledglings on the team sheet, and because fans are often watching players for the first time their initial instinct is to accentuate good points and turn a blind eye to the bad. A victory is extra special, but any defeat can easily be explained away with 'we had the kids out'. This diffuses the frothing discontent that is so commonplace among fanbases today. So who is your club's most exciting youngster?  Arsenal  Reiss Nelson  Arsenal lost the promising Chris Willock to Benfica last summer and sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, but Nelson can ensure fans quickly forget about both. Spurs were interested in him as a nine-year-old, but the red half of north London acted quickly to take him to Hale End - the site of their academy. Although Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah are promising, Nelson is the jewel in the crown.  The 17-year-old is a natural dribbler, gliding past opponents with ease and usually from the right-flank. During his Carabao Cup and Europa League starts this season, Arsene Wenger has employed him as a right-wing back which has curtailed his offensive potential. Expect to see more spectacular performances if he is played in an advanced position.  Nelson regularly started as a No.10 in the youth teams, so has highly developed spacial awareness and ability to cope in confined areas. Whereas Oxlade-Chamberlain more of a bustling 'push and run' dribbler, Nelson keeps the ball a little closer to him - not unlike his teammate Jack Wilshere, and also has a talent for scoring free-kicks.  Reiss Nelson is Arsenal's best young prospect Credit: Getty Images Bournemouth  Lewis Cook Centre back Brennan Camp, 17, could prove Bournemouth's next homegrown prospect but their best youngster is in fact a recruit from Leeds United. Cook received an England call-up in the last international break, and might well get more opportunities given England's lack of central midfield options. He also played on the flanks while at Elland Road, and Cook's main strength is his ability to carry the ball from central areas. He shields the ball very well, getting his body between ball and opponent. This also means he wins more duels than a player of his stature has a right to. Bournemouth did not attempt to sign Wilshere on a permanent basis, and Cook could well be the reason for that. Burnley Dwight McNeil   Any 17-year-old playing for an Under-23 team is worthy of attention, even if Burnley's academy is not swollen with talent like some of the bigger clubs. McNeil, who usually plays as a winger, has been singled out for praise by youth team coach and former Burnley defender Michael Duffy.   "He was a first year last year with the 18s with me and you can see he's got ability," Duff said. "It's about honing that and channeling it in the right direction, keeping his feet on the ground. He's scored a couple of goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of about 100, ideally we want him scoring goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of 25,000. That's the key." McNeil in Burnley Under-23s top goalscorer this season, and a club on Burnley's frugal budget they need to extract every last ounce of potential from their academy.  Brighton and Hove Albion Jayson Molumby  Midfield partner Dessie Hutchinson deserves a mention - Chris Hughton felt confident enough to start both he a Molumby in the Carabao Cup this season. However, Molumby is two years younger and was nominated for Ireland's Under-17 Player of the Year in 2016 - which was eventually won by West Ham's Declan Rice. Ireland desperately need some fresh blood, although Molumby will find Premier League minutes hard to come by as Brighton fight to stay up.  Chelsea Callum Hudson-Odoi Where do you start at Chelsea? Lewis Baker, Dujon Sterling, Trevoh Chalobah, Ethan Ampadu, Ike Ugbo among others could easily have been our choice. However, Hudson-Odoi's versatility mean he has the potential to grow into numerous different roles. This is important because young players rarely get a first-team chance in their 'natural' position, but instead are used wherever there is a lack of bodies.  Callum Hudson-Odoi in last season's Youth Cup final Credit: Rex Features A World Cup winner with England's Under-17s and provider of three assists in the final against Spain, the Chelsea man can occupy any offensive position across the pitch. Has consistently played 'above his age' at during his time at Stamford Bridge, and only turned 17 on November 7.  Crystal Palace Nya Kirby  In an act of minor revenge for the John Bostock saga, Palace managed to prise Kirby away from Tottenham and the England youth international was part of their pre-season tour of the Far East. Kirby has played most of his football in central midfield, where he likes to dribble with the ball to attract opponents and create space ahead of him.  Kirby is another on this list who was part of England's triumphant Under-17s team in India, and said: “When we met up at the start, everyone had a good winning mentality and we went out there trying to win it.We were there for five weeks but we had a good bunch of lads and it was a great place. The fans were amazing; in the final there were 63,000 in attendance which was incredible.” Everton Jonjoe Kenny  Despite their reputation for giving young players first-team opportunities, a number of prospects have proven dead ends: James Vaughan, Victor Anichebe, Jack Rodwell and even, if his situation remains the same, Ross Barkley.  The generation lead by Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are hoping to be more durable, and young full-back Jonjoe Kenny is particularly well regarded. Everton will need a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman, and the 20-year-old Kenny is the next cab off the rank. Alexis Sanchez gave him a rough ride in a 5-2 defeat last month, and he sliced one into his own net at Leicester, but such chastening experiences are part of a young player's development. Needs to avoid a serious injury, like the one that thwarted a promising full-back from across Stanley Park, Jon Flanagan.  Huddersfield Town Philip Billing Currently on the treatment table, the 21-year-old Danish midfielder caught the eye in Huddersfield's FA Cup replay at Manchester City last season where Alan Shearer described his performance as 'brilliant'. The club's young player of the year in each of the last two seasons, Billing is a rangy central midfielder who stands out from the pack by virtue of being 6ft 5in tall and left-footed. Long-range strikes at Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City, Huddersfield's goal of the season in their promotion campaign, are proof of sound technique too.  The best young players in world football Leicester City Hamza Choudhury  An impressive afro makes him instantly recognisable, and Choudhury made his senior Leicester debut against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup this season. The 20-year-old grew up in Leicestershire and captained the club's Under-23s team. A midfielder by trade, he benefited from a loan spell with then League One club Burton Albion. His immediate family are from Bangladesh, and he could prove something of a trailblazer as one of the first top-flight British Asian footballers since Fulham's Zesh Rehman more than a decade ago.  Choudbury told the Leicester Mercury:  “Asians have family everywhere. We are all very close, so when something heart-warming happens everyone gets together to celebrate, like my debut. “I don’t really feel any pressure about being a professional from an Asian background. My family have been a great help with that, just telling me to enjoy it. “If I turned around tomorrow and said I didn’t want to play football any more they would support me. I really have their backing no matter what I don’t feel any pressure.” Liverpool Rhian Brewster An obvious choice after his goalscoring heroics at the Under-17 World Cup. Brewster actually hails from east London, and joined Liverpool from Chelsea's academy aged 15, and has since been fast-tracked into their Under-23 development team. Described as a 'natural striker' by Jurgen Klopp, Brewster has inevitably attracted comparisons to former Melwood whirlwinds Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.  His eight goals at the World Cup were evidence of intuitive anticipation in the penalty area, but interestingly Brewster has worn the No.10 shirt for Liverpool's youth teams. A glance at his highlights show a player happy to drop off the last line of defence to link play and provide for others, though this might be a reflection of the fact he is comfortably the best player in his age group. These skills might be redundant as he develops into a centre forward at senior level, but the ability to fit into a collective is important in today's game - particularly under Jurgen Klopp. Just ask Daniel Sturridge.  Manchester City Phil Foden Like Chelsea, Man City have a treasure trove of promising players coming through. Brahim Diaz should be mentioned in dispatches, but Phil Foden is the apple of Pep Guardiola's eye. Comfortable in any midfield role, the 17-year-old has already been called up to train with City's first team and would have played against Wolves in the Carabao Cup but for England commitments at the World Cup in India. He played his part in their victory over Spain in the final, scoring twice.  Foden impressed in a pre-season outing against Manchester United this summer, rarely taking more than two touches as a he fitted seamlessly into Guardiola's style of play. Opponents will note he is strongly left-footed, but his spatial awareness and scanning of the pitch means he moves the ball quickly enough before they can force him onto his right. There will be comparisons with Wilshere, but Foden is probably more of a passer than a dribbler.  Rhian Brewster and Phil Foden's mantelpieces will be full after their summer success Credit: PA Manchester United Axel Tuanzebe  As Jose Mourinho prioritised the Europa League in the closing stretch of last season, Tuanzebe got some first-team minutes, notably away at Arsenal. The 20-year-old's favourite position is centre-back, but his opportunities at senior level could come as a full-back while he has also played in central midfield. His signature move is the way he changes gear and drives away from opponents, and his calmness in possession puts Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to shame. With the latter likely to be moved on by Jose Mourinho before too long, a pathway could open up for Tuanzebe.  Newcastle United Dan Barlaser Born in Gateshead but a Turker Under-17 international, Barlaser has just signed a contract extension to keep him at Newcastle until 2019. The 20-year-old midfielder has made three first-team appearances, and is regarded as an energetic midfielder. A former winger, Barlaser looks to control games with his passing range and also likes to shoot from distance. Rafael Benitez will plump for experience as Newcastle look to secure Premier League survival, but it has been too long since Newcastle fans really grew to love a local lad.  Southampton  Callum Slattery  An England international at youth level, Slattery signed a three-year-contract with Southampton this summer which is a mark of the club's faith in the young midfielder. Hoping to follow the likes of Callum Chambers, Matt Targett, Luke Shaw, Jack Stephens and Josh Sims and progress to Southampton's first team, Slattery is viewed as a box-to-box midfielder. The 18-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance on the south coast, and with the amount of competition in Southampton's midfield that is unlikely to change soon. If only he was a striker...  Callum Slattery in action against Cardiff's Under-23s Credit: Getty Images Stoke City Tyrese Campbell Son of pin-stripped former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, Tyrese was picked out by Stoke manager Mark Hughes as a player with the potential to make it at Premier League level. Hughes said: "He and his father clearly looked at his prospects at Man City, a fantastic operation and clearly a great club and a huge stage for any player, but for younger players it is difficult to break through. “So we presented to him and said, ‘Listen, if you progress and you fulfil the potential that we think you’ve got then there is going to be that pathway to the first team and it is going to happen quicker than you think possibly’.” Campbell's four goals in Premier League 2 this season have all come from the penalty spot, and coach Glyn Hodges has called on him to be more selfish in front of goal.  Swansea City Joe Rodon Dubbed the 'Welsh John Stones', Rodon has attracted the attention of Celtic and Manchester City with his performances at youth level for club and country. The 20-year-old defender is yet to make his full Swansea debut, but did get to train with Chris Coleman's Wales squad in the March international break along with former teammates Neil Taylor and Ashley Williams.  "The old Swansea boys took care of me and I thought I had got off pretty lightly until they turned around and told me I could not go until I had done my initiation," Rodon recalled to Wales Online.  "I can't thank them enough for that! "I ended up doing 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Tyrell. "A few of the boys said it was pretty old school for someone of my age, but I'm definitely not going to say if I did it any justice or not!"  Tottenham Hotspur  Marcus Edwards  Mauricio Pochettino has not even bothered to play it cool with Edwards, nicknaming him 'Mini-Messi' at the Spurs training ground. His name has been on the grapevine for a few years now, but Edwards is still only 18. Slight, with a low centre of gravity, Edwards loves to drift to the right flank before cutting inside onto his favoured left-foot. As Pochettino's moniker for him suggests, Edwards loves to carry the fall and commit defenders.  This could potentially stand him in good stead because on thing Spurs lack, for all their qualities, is a wide player with trickery. Their most laboured performances this season have come at Wembley against Burnley, Swansea, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace - teams who put numbers behind the ball and asked Spurs to break them down. The likes of Clinton Njié and Georges-Kévin N'Koudou failed to make the cut, but Edwards could be the final piece in Pochettino's puzzle.  The first of many north London derbies for Marcus Edwards? Credit: Getty Images Watford  Isaac Success He might sound like a minor Martin Amis character, and behave like one off the pitch, but Success is a hugely talented player who Marco Silva believes still has a future at Vicarage Road. The 21-year-old showed enough last season to suggest he might be right, when his pace and ability on the flanks caught the eye. The performances of new singing Richarlison however, might restrict future opportunities.  West Bromwich Albion  Sam Field Tony Pulis is a footballing conservative, so handing eight Premier League appearances to teenage midfielder Sam Field says plenty about his qualities. Pulis even described Field's performance against Chelsea last term as 'smashing'. Despite interest from several Championship clubs this summer, Field has stayed at West Brom to continue his development in the youth teams. Supporting West Brom is a bit of a drag at present, but Field is one reason for optimism.  West Ham United  Declan Rice Reece Oxford will run him close, but Rice could be the long-term answer to the defensive vulnerabilities that have hindered West Ham for so long. The 18-year-old centre back has already tasted Premier League football this season, and Slaven Bilic trusted him to occupy the central position when West Ham played with a back three. There is also evidence of the 'leadership' attributes that coaches crave, as Rice captained West Ham's Under-23s to the Premier League 2 title last season. 

Who is your club's most exciting youth prospect?

Injuries may have forced his hand, but Gareth Southgate won plenty of goodwill from England fans by giving youth a chance against Germany and Brazil. Supporters find themselves rooting for the youngsters in a team for a variety of reasons. Firstly, there is an obvious romantic attachment to those viewed as 'one of your own', players who are more easily related to than your average Premier League player.  Expectation levels are also lowered when there are some fledglings on the team sheet, and because fans are often watching players for the first time their initial instinct is to accentuate good points and turn a blind eye to the bad. A victory is extra special, but any defeat can easily be explained away with 'we had the kids out'. This diffuses the frothing discontent that is so commonplace among fanbases today. So who is your club's most exciting youngster?  Arsenal  Reiss Nelson  Arsenal lost the promising Chris Willock to Benfica last summer and sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, but Nelson can ensure fans quickly forget about both. Spurs were interested in him as a nine-year-old, but the red half of north London acted quickly to take him to Hale End - the site of their academy. Although Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah are promising, Nelson is the jewel in the crown.  The 17-year-old is a natural dribbler, gliding past opponents with ease and usually from the right-flank. During his Carabao Cup and Europa League starts this season, Arsene Wenger has employed him as a right-wing back which has curtailed his offensive potential. Expect to see more spectacular performances if he is played in an advanced position.  Nelson regularly started as a No.10 in the youth teams, so has highly developed spacial awareness and ability to cope in confined areas. Whereas Oxlade-Chamberlain more of a bustling 'push and run' dribbler, Nelson keeps the ball a little closer to him - not unlike his teammate Jack Wilshere, and also has a talent for scoring free-kicks.  Reiss Nelson is Arsenal's best young prospect Credit: Getty Images Bournemouth  Lewis Cook Centre back Brennan Camp, 17, could prove Bournemouth's next homegrown prospect but their best youngster is in fact a recruit from Leeds United. Cook received an England call-up in the last international break, and might well get more opportunities given England's lack of central midfield options. He also played on the flanks while at Elland Road, and Cook's main strength is his ability to carry the ball from central areas. He shields the ball very well, getting his body between ball and opponent. This also means he wins more duels than a player of his stature has a right to. Bournemouth did not attempt to sign Wilshere on a permanent basis, and Cook could well be the reason for that. Burnley Dwight McNeil   Any 17-year-old playing for an Under-23 team is worthy of attention, even if Burnley's academy is not swollen with talent like some of the bigger clubs. McNeil, who usually plays as a winger, has been singled out for praise by youth team coach and former Burnley defender Michael Duffy.   "He was a first year last year with the 18s with me and you can see he's got ability," Duff said. "It's about honing that and channeling it in the right direction, keeping his feet on the ground. He's scored a couple of goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of about 100, ideally we want him scoring goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of 25,000. That's the key." McNeil in Burnley Under-23s top goalscorer this season, and a club on Burnley's frugal budget they need to extract every last ounce of potential from their academy.  Brighton and Hove Albion Jayson Molumby  Midfield partner Dessie Hutchinson deserves a mention - Chris Hughton felt confident enough to start both he a Molumby in the Carabao Cup this season. However, Molumby is two years younger and was nominated for Ireland's Under-17 Player of the Year in 2016 - which was eventually won by West Ham's Declan Rice. Ireland desperately need some fresh blood, although Molumby will find Premier League minutes hard to come by as Brighton fight to stay up.  Chelsea Callum Hudson-Odoi Where do you start at Chelsea? Lewis Baker, Dujon Sterling, Trevoh Chalobah, Ethan Ampadu, Ike Ugbo among others could easily have been our choice. However, Hudson-Odoi's versatility mean he has the potential to grow into numerous different roles. This is important because young players rarely get a first-team chance in their 'natural' position, but instead are used wherever there is a lack of bodies.  Callum Hudson-Odoi in last season's Youth Cup final Credit: Rex Features A World Cup winner with England's Under-17s and provider of three assists in the final against Spain, the Chelsea man can occupy any offensive position across the pitch. Has consistently played 'above his age' at during his time at Stamford Bridge, and only turned 17 on November 7.  Crystal Palace Nya Kirby  In an act of minor revenge for the John Bostock saga, Palace managed to prise Kirby away from Tottenham and the England youth international was part of their pre-season tour of the Far East. Kirby has played most of his football in central midfield, where he likes to dribble with the ball to attract opponents and create space ahead of him.  Kirby is another on this list who was part of England's triumphant Under-17s team in India, and said: “When we met up at the start, everyone had a good winning mentality and we went out there trying to win it.We were there for five weeks but we had a good bunch of lads and it was a great place. The fans were amazing; in the final there were 63,000 in attendance which was incredible.” Everton Jonjoe Kenny  Despite their reputation for giving young players first-team opportunities, a number of prospects have proven dead ends: James Vaughan, Victor Anichebe, Jack Rodwell and even, if his situation remains the same, Ross Barkley.  The generation lead by Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are hoping to be more durable, and young full-back Jonjoe Kenny is particularly well regarded. Everton will need a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman, and the 20-year-old Kenny is the next cab off the rank. Alexis Sanchez gave him a rough ride in a 5-2 defeat last month, and he sliced one into his own net at Leicester, but such chastening experiences are part of a young player's development. Needs to avoid a serious injury, like the one that thwarted a promising full-back from across Stanley Park, Jon Flanagan.  Huddersfield Town Philip Billing Currently on the treatment table, the 21-year-old Danish midfielder caught the eye in Huddersfield's FA Cup replay at Manchester City last season where Alan Shearer described his performance as 'brilliant'. The club's young player of the year in each of the last two seasons, Billing is a rangy central midfielder who stands out from the pack by virtue of being 6ft 5in tall and left-footed. Long-range strikes at Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City, Huddersfield's goal of the season in their promotion campaign, are proof of sound technique too.  The best young players in world football Leicester City Hamza Choudhury  An impressive afro makes him instantly recognisable, and Choudhury made his senior Leicester debut against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup this season. The 20-year-old grew up in Leicestershire and captained the club's Under-23s team. A midfielder by trade, he benefited from a loan spell with then League One club Burton Albion. His immediate family are from Bangladesh, and he could prove something of a trailblazer as one of the first top-flight British Asian footballers since Fulham's Zesh Rehman more than a decade ago.  Choudbury told the Leicester Mercury:  “Asians have family everywhere. We are all very close, so when something heart-warming happens everyone gets together to celebrate, like my debut. “I don’t really feel any pressure about being a professional from an Asian background. My family have been a great help with that, just telling me to enjoy it. “If I turned around tomorrow and said I didn’t want to play football any more they would support me. I really have their backing no matter what I don’t feel any pressure.” Liverpool Rhian Brewster An obvious choice after his goalscoring heroics at the Under-17 World Cup. Brewster actually hails from east London, and joined Liverpool from Chelsea's academy aged 15, and has since been fast-tracked into their Under-23 development team. Described as a 'natural striker' by Jurgen Klopp, Brewster has inevitably attracted comparisons to former Melwood whirlwinds Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.  His eight goals at the World Cup were evidence of intuitive anticipation in the penalty area, but interestingly Brewster has worn the No.10 shirt for Liverpool's youth teams. A glance at his highlights show a player happy to drop off the last line of defence to link play and provide for others, though this might be a reflection of the fact he is comfortably the best player in his age group. These skills might be redundant as he develops into a centre forward at senior level, but the ability to fit into a collective is important in today's game - particularly under Jurgen Klopp. Just ask Daniel Sturridge.  Manchester City Phil Foden Like Chelsea, Man City have a treasure trove of promising players coming through. Brahim Diaz should be mentioned in dispatches, but Phil Foden is the apple of Pep Guardiola's eye. Comfortable in any midfield role, the 17-year-old has already been called up to train with City's first team and would have played against Wolves in the Carabao Cup but for England commitments at the World Cup in India. He played his part in their victory over Spain in the final, scoring twice.  Foden impressed in a pre-season outing against Manchester United this summer, rarely taking more than two touches as a he fitted seamlessly into Guardiola's style of play. Opponents will note he is strongly left-footed, but his spatial awareness and scanning of the pitch means he moves the ball quickly enough before they can force him onto his right. There will be comparisons with Wilshere, but Foden is probably more of a passer than a dribbler.  Rhian Brewster and Phil Foden's mantelpieces will be full after their summer success Credit: PA Manchester United Axel Tuanzebe  As Jose Mourinho prioritised the Europa League in the closing stretch of last season, Tuanzebe got some first-team minutes, notably away at Arsenal. The 20-year-old's favourite position is centre-back, but his opportunities at senior level could come as a full-back while he has also played in central midfield. His signature move is the way he changes gear and drives away from opponents, and his calmness in possession puts Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to shame. With the latter likely to be moved on by Jose Mourinho before too long, a pathway could open up for Tuanzebe.  Newcastle United Dan Barlaser Born in Gateshead but a Turker Under-17 international, Barlaser has just signed a contract extension to keep him at Newcastle until 2019. The 20-year-old midfielder has made three first-team appearances, and is regarded as an energetic midfielder. A former winger, Barlaser looks to control games with his passing range and also likes to shoot from distance. Rafael Benitez will plump for experience as Newcastle look to secure Premier League survival, but it has been too long since Newcastle fans really grew to love a local lad.  Southampton  Callum Slattery  An England international at youth level, Slattery signed a three-year-contract with Southampton this summer which is a mark of the club's faith in the young midfielder. Hoping to follow the likes of Callum Chambers, Matt Targett, Luke Shaw, Jack Stephens and Josh Sims and progress to Southampton's first team, Slattery is viewed as a box-to-box midfielder. The 18-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance on the south coast, and with the amount of competition in Southampton's midfield that is unlikely to change soon. If only he was a striker...  Callum Slattery in action against Cardiff's Under-23s Credit: Getty Images Stoke City Tyrese Campbell Son of pin-stripped former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, Tyrese was picked out by Stoke manager Mark Hughes as a player with the potential to make it at Premier League level. Hughes said: "He and his father clearly looked at his prospects at Man City, a fantastic operation and clearly a great club and a huge stage for any player, but for younger players it is difficult to break through. “So we presented to him and said, ‘Listen, if you progress and you fulfil the potential that we think you’ve got then there is going to be that pathway to the first team and it is going to happen quicker than you think possibly’.” Campbell's four goals in Premier League 2 this season have all come from the penalty spot, and coach Glyn Hodges has called on him to be more selfish in front of goal.  Swansea City Joe Rodon Dubbed the 'Welsh John Stones', Rodon has attracted the attention of Celtic and Manchester City with his performances at youth level for club and country. The 20-year-old defender is yet to make his full Swansea debut, but did get to train with Chris Coleman's Wales squad in the March international break along with former teammates Neil Taylor and Ashley Williams.  "The old Swansea boys took care of me and I thought I had got off pretty lightly until they turned around and told me I could not go until I had done my initiation," Rodon recalled to Wales Online.  "I can't thank them enough for that! "I ended up doing 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Tyrell. "A few of the boys said it was pretty old school for someone of my age, but I'm definitely not going to say if I did it any justice or not!"  Tottenham Hotspur  Marcus Edwards  Mauricio Pochettino has not even bothered to play it cool with Edwards, nicknaming him 'Mini-Messi' at the Spurs training ground. His name has been on the grapevine for a few years now, but Edwards is still only 18. Slight, with a low centre of gravity, Edwards loves to drift to the right flank before cutting inside onto his favoured left-foot. As Pochettino's moniker for him suggests, Edwards loves to carry the fall and commit defenders.  This could potentially stand him in good stead because on thing Spurs lack, for all their qualities, is a wide player with trickery. Their most laboured performances this season have come at Wembley against Burnley, Swansea, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace - teams who put numbers behind the ball and asked Spurs to break them down. The likes of Clinton Njié and Georges-Kévin N'Koudou failed to make the cut, but Edwards could be the final piece in Pochettino's puzzle.  The first of many north London derbies for Marcus Edwards? Credit: Getty Images Watford  Isaac Success He might sound like a minor Martin Amis character, and behave like one off the pitch, but Success is a hugely talented player who Marco Silva believes still has a future at Vicarage Road. The 21-year-old showed enough last season to suggest he might be right, when his pace and ability on the flanks caught the eye. The performances of new singing Richarlison however, might restrict future opportunities.  West Bromwich Albion  Sam Field Tony Pulis is a footballing conservative, so handing eight Premier League appearances to teenage midfielder Sam Field says plenty about his qualities. Pulis even described Field's performance against Chelsea last term as 'smashing'. Despite interest from several Championship clubs this summer, Field has stayed at West Brom to continue his development in the youth teams. Supporting West Brom is a bit of a drag at present, but Field is one reason for optimism.  West Ham United  Declan Rice Reece Oxford will run him close, but Rice could be the long-term answer to the defensive vulnerabilities that have hindered West Ham for so long. The 18-year-old centre back has already tasted Premier League football this season, and Slaven Bilic trusted him to occupy the central position when West Ham played with a back three. There is also evidence of the 'leadership' attributes that coaches crave, as Rice captained West Ham's Under-23s to the Premier League 2 title last season. 

Who is your club's most exciting youth prospect?

Injuries may have forced his hand, but Gareth Southgate won plenty of goodwill from England fans by giving youth a chance against Germany and Brazil. Supporters find themselves rooting for the youngsters in a team for a variety of reasons. Firstly, there is an obvious romantic attachment to those viewed as 'one of your own', players who are more easily related to than your average Premier League player.  Expectation levels are also lowered when there are some fledglings on the team sheet, and because fans are often watching players for the first time their initial instinct is to accentuate good points and turn a blind eye to the bad. A victory is extra special, but any defeat can easily be explained away with 'we had the kids out'. This diffuses the frothing discontent that is so commonplace among fanbases today. So who is your club's most exciting youngster?  Arsenal  Reiss Nelson  Arsenal lost the promising Chris Willock to Benfica last summer and sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, but Nelson can ensure fans quickly forget about both. Spurs were interested in him as a nine-year-old, but the red half of north London acted quickly to take him to Hale End - the site of their academy. Although Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah are promising, Nelson is the jewel in the crown.  The 17-year-old is a natural dribbler, gliding past opponents with ease and usually from the right-flank. During his Carabao Cup and Europa League starts this season, Arsene Wenger has employed him as a right-wing back which has curtailed his offensive potential. Expect to see more spectacular performances if he is played in an advanced position.  Nelson regularly started as a No.10 in the youth teams, so has highly developed spacial awareness and ability to cope in confined areas. Whereas Oxlade-Chamberlain more of a bustling 'push and run' dribbler, Nelson keeps the ball a little closer to him - not unlike his teammate Jack Wilshere, and also has a talent for scoring free-kicks.  Reiss Nelson is Arsenal's best young prospect Credit: Getty Images Bournemouth  Lewis Cook Centre back Brennan Camp, 17, could prove Bournemouth's next homegrown prospect but their best youngster is in fact a recruit from Leeds United. Cook received an England call-up in the last international break, and might well get more opportunities given England's lack of central midfield options. He also played on the flanks while at Elland Road, and Cook's main strength is his ability to carry the ball from central areas. He shields the ball very well, getting his body between ball and opponent. This also means he wins more duels than a player of his stature has a right to. Bournemouth did not attempt to sign Wilshere on a permanent basis, and Cook could well be the reason for that. Burnley Dwight McNeil   Any 17-year-old playing for an Under-23 team is worthy of attention, even if Burnley's academy is not swollen with talent like some of the bigger clubs. McNeil, who usually plays as a winger, has been singled out for praise by youth team coach and former Burnley defender Michael Duffy.   "He was a first year last year with the 18s with me and you can see he's got ability," Duff said. "It's about honing that and channeling it in the right direction, keeping his feet on the ground. He's scored a couple of goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of about 100, ideally we want him scoring goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of 25,000. That's the key." McNeil in Burnley Under-23s top goalscorer this season, and a club on Burnley's frugal budget they need to extract every last ounce of potential from their academy.  Brighton and Hove Albion Jayson Molumby  Midfield partner Dessie Hutchinson deserves a mention - Chris Hughton felt confident enough to start both he a Molumby in the Carabao Cup this season. However, Molumby is two years younger and was nominated for Ireland's Under-17 Player of the Year in 2016 - which was eventually won by West Ham's Declan Rice. Ireland desperately need some fresh blood, although Molumby will find Premier League minutes hard to come by as Brighton fight to stay up.  Chelsea Callum Hudson-Odoi Where do you start at Chelsea? Lewis Baker, Dujon Sterling, Trevoh Chalobah, Ethan Ampadu, Ike Ugbo among others could easily have been our choice. However, Hudson-Odoi's versatility mean he has the potential to grow into numerous different roles. This is important because young players rarely get a first-team chance in their 'natural' position, but instead are used wherever there is a lack of bodies.  Callum Hudson-Odoi in last season's Youth Cup final Credit: Rex Features A World Cup winner with England's Under-17s and provider of three assists in the final against Spain, the Chelsea man can occupy any offensive position across the pitch. Has consistently played 'above his age' at during his time at Stamford Bridge, and only turned 17 on November 7.  Crystal Palace Nya Kirby  In an act of minor revenge for the John Bostock saga, Palace managed to prise Kirby away from Tottenham and the England youth international was part of their pre-season tour of the Far East. Kirby has played most of his football in central midfield, where he likes to dribble with the ball to attract opponents and create space ahead of him.  Kirby is another on this list who was part of England's triumphant Under-17s team in India, and said: “When we met up at the start, everyone had a good winning mentality and we went out there trying to win it.We were there for five weeks but we had a good bunch of lads and it was a great place. The fans were amazing; in the final there were 63,000 in attendance which was incredible.” Everton Jonjoe Kenny  Despite their reputation for giving young players first-team opportunities, a number of prospects have proven dead ends: James Vaughan, Victor Anichebe, Jack Rodwell and even, if his situation remains the same, Ross Barkley.  The generation lead by Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are hoping to be more durable, and young full-back Jonjoe Kenny is particularly well regarded. Everton will need a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman, and the 20-year-old Kenny is the next cab off the rank. Alexis Sanchez gave him a rough ride in a 5-2 defeat last month, and he sliced one into his own net at Leicester, but such chastening experiences are part of a young player's development. Needs to avoid a serious injury, like the one that thwarted a promising full-back from across Stanley Park, Jon Flanagan.  Huddersfield Town Philip Billing Currently on the treatment table, the 21-year-old Danish midfielder caught the eye in Huddersfield's FA Cup replay at Manchester City last season where Alan Shearer described his performance as 'brilliant'. The club's young player of the year in each of the last two seasons, Billing is a rangy central midfielder who stands out from the pack by virtue of being 6ft 5in tall and left-footed. Long-range strikes at Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City, Huddersfield's goal of the season in their promotion campaign, are proof of sound technique too.  The best young players in world football Leicester City Hamza Choudhury  An impressive afro makes him instantly recognisable, and Choudhury made his senior Leicester debut against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup this season. The 20-year-old grew up in Leicestershire and captained the club's Under-23s team. A midfielder by trade, he benefited from a loan spell with then League One club Burton Albion. His immediate family are from Bangladesh, and he could prove something of a trailblazer as one of the first top-flight British Asian footballers since Fulham's Zesh Rehman more than a decade ago.  Choudbury told the Leicester Mercury:  “Asians have family everywhere. We are all very close, so when something heart-warming happens everyone gets together to celebrate, like my debut. “I don’t really feel any pressure about being a professional from an Asian background. My family have been a great help with that, just telling me to enjoy it. “If I turned around tomorrow and said I didn’t want to play football any more they would support me. I really have their backing no matter what I don’t feel any pressure.” Liverpool Rhian Brewster An obvious choice after his goalscoring heroics at the Under-17 World Cup. Brewster actually hails from east London, and joined Liverpool from Chelsea's academy aged 15, and has since been fast-tracked into their Under-23 development team. Described as a 'natural striker' by Jurgen Klopp, Brewster has inevitably attracted comparisons to former Melwood whirlwinds Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.  His eight goals at the World Cup were evidence of intuitive anticipation in the penalty area, but interestingly Brewster has worn the No.10 shirt for Liverpool's youth teams. A glance at his highlights show a player happy to drop off the last line of defence to link play and provide for others, though this might be a reflection of the fact he is comfortably the best player in his age group. These skills might be redundant as he develops into a centre forward at senior level, but the ability to fit into a collective is important in today's game - particularly under Jurgen Klopp. Just ask Daniel Sturridge.  Manchester City Phil Foden Like Chelsea, Man City have a treasure trove of promising players coming through. Brahim Diaz should be mentioned in dispatches, but Phil Foden is the apple of Pep Guardiola's eye. Comfortable in any midfield role, the 17-year-old has already been called up to train with City's first team and would have played against Wolves in the Carabao Cup but for England commitments at the World Cup in India. He played his part in their victory over Spain in the final, scoring twice.  Foden impressed in a pre-season outing against Manchester United this summer, rarely taking more than two touches as a he fitted seamlessly into Guardiola's style of play. Opponents will note he is strongly left-footed, but his spatial awareness and scanning of the pitch means he moves the ball quickly enough before they can force him onto his right. There will be comparisons with Wilshere, but Foden is probably more of a passer than a dribbler.  Rhian Brewster and Phil Foden's mantelpieces will be full after their summer success Credit: PA Manchester United Axel Tuanzebe  As Jose Mourinho prioritised the Europa League in the closing stretch of last season, Tuanzebe got some first-team minutes, notably away at Arsenal. The 20-year-old's favourite position is centre-back, but his opportunities at senior level could come as a full-back while he has also played in central midfield. His signature move is the way he changes gear and drives away from opponents, and his calmness in possession puts Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to shame. With the latter likely to be moved on by Jose Mourinho before too long, a pathway could open up for Tuanzebe.  Newcastle United Dan Barlaser Born in Gateshead but a Turker Under-17 international, Barlaser has just signed a contract extension to keep him at Newcastle until 2019. The 20-year-old midfielder has made three first-team appearances, and is regarded as an energetic midfielder. A former winger, Barlaser looks to control games with his passing range and also likes to shoot from distance. Rafael Benitez will plump for experience as Newcastle look to secure Premier League survival, but it has been too long since Newcastle fans really grew to love a local lad.  Southampton  Callum Slattery  An England international at youth level, Slattery signed a three-year-contract with Southampton this summer which is a mark of the club's faith in the young midfielder. Hoping to follow the likes of Callum Chambers, Matt Targett, Luke Shaw, Jack Stephens and Josh Sims and progress to Southampton's first team, Slattery is viewed as a box-to-box midfielder. The 18-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance on the south coast, and with the amount of competition in Southampton's midfield that is unlikely to change soon. If only he was a striker...  Callum Slattery in action against Cardiff's Under-23s Credit: Getty Images Stoke City Tyrese Campbell Son of pin-stripped former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, Tyrese was picked out by Stoke manager Mark Hughes as a player with the potential to make it at Premier League level. Hughes said: "He and his father clearly looked at his prospects at Man City, a fantastic operation and clearly a great club and a huge stage for any player, but for younger players it is difficult to break through. “So we presented to him and said, ‘Listen, if you progress and you fulfil the potential that we think you’ve got then there is going to be that pathway to the first team and it is going to happen quicker than you think possibly’.” Campbell's four goals in Premier League 2 this season have all come from the penalty spot, and coach Glyn Hodges has called on him to be more selfish in front of goal.  Swansea City Joe Rodon Dubbed the 'Welsh John Stones', Rodon has attracted the attention of Celtic and Manchester City with his performances at youth level for club and country. The 20-year-old defender is yet to make his full Swansea debut, but did get to train with Chris Coleman's Wales squad in the March international break along with former teammates Neil Taylor and Ashley Williams.  "The old Swansea boys took care of me and I thought I had got off pretty lightly until they turned around and told me I could not go until I had done my initiation," Rodon recalled to Wales Online.  "I can't thank them enough for that! "I ended up doing 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Tyrell. "A few of the boys said it was pretty old school for someone of my age, but I'm definitely not going to say if I did it any justice or not!"  Tottenham Hotspur  Marcus Edwards  Mauricio Pochettino has not even bothered to play it cool with Edwards, nicknaming him 'Mini-Messi' at the Spurs training ground. His name has been on the grapevine for a few years now, but Edwards is still only 18. Slight, with a low centre of gravity, Edwards loves to drift to the right flank before cutting inside onto his favoured left-foot. As Pochettino's moniker for him suggests, Edwards loves to carry the fall and commit defenders.  This could potentially stand him in good stead because on thing Spurs lack, for all their qualities, is a wide player with trickery. Their most laboured performances this season have come at Wembley against Burnley, Swansea, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace - teams who put numbers behind the ball and asked Spurs to break them down. The likes of Clinton Njié and Georges-Kévin N'Koudou failed to make the cut, but Edwards could be the final piece in Pochettino's puzzle.  The first of many north London derbies for Marcus Edwards? Credit: Getty Images Watford  Isaac Success He might sound like a minor Martin Amis character, and behave like one off the pitch, but Success is a hugely talented player who Marco Silva believes still has a future at Vicarage Road. The 21-year-old showed enough last season to suggest he might be right, when his pace and ability on the flanks caught the eye. The performances of new singing Richarlison however, might restrict future opportunities.  West Bromwich Albion  Sam Field Tony Pulis is a footballing conservative, so handing eight Premier League appearances to teenage midfielder Sam Field says plenty about his qualities. Pulis even described Field's performance against Chelsea last term as 'smashing'. Despite interest from several Championship clubs this summer, Field has stayed at West Brom to continue his development in the youth teams. Supporting West Brom is a bit of a drag at present, but Field is one reason for optimism.  West Ham United  Declan Rice Reece Oxford will run him close, but Rice could be the long-term answer to the defensive vulnerabilities that have hindered West Ham for so long. The 18-year-old centre back has already tasted Premier League football this season, and Slaven Bilic trusted him to occupy the central position when West Ham played with a back three. There is also evidence of the 'leadership' attributes that coaches crave, as Rice captained West Ham's Under-23s to the Premier League 2 title last season. 

Who is your club's most exciting youth prospect?

Injuries may have forced his hand, but Gareth Southgate won plenty of goodwill from England fans by giving youth a chance against Germany and Brazil. Supporters find themselves rooting for the youngsters in a team for a variety of reasons. Firstly, there is an obvious romantic attachment to those viewed as 'one of your own', players who are more easily related to than your average Premier League player.  Expectation levels are also lowered when there are some fledglings on the team sheet, and because fans are often watching players for the first time their initial instinct is to accentuate good points and turn a blind eye to the bad. A victory is extra special, but any defeat can easily be explained away with 'we had the kids out'. This diffuses the frothing discontent that is so commonplace among fanbases today. So who is your club's most exciting youngster?  Arsenal  Reiss Nelson  Arsenal lost the promising Chris Willock to Benfica last summer and sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, but Nelson can ensure fans quickly forget about both. Spurs were interested in him as a nine-year-old, but the red half of north London acted quickly to take him to Hale End - the site of their academy. Although Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah are promising, Nelson is the jewel in the crown.  The 17-year-old is a natural dribbler, gliding past opponents with ease and usually from the right-flank. During his Carabao Cup and Europa League starts this season, Arsene Wenger has employed him as a right-wing back which has curtailed his offensive potential. Expect to see more spectacular performances if he is played in an advanced position.  Nelson regularly started as a No.10 in the youth teams, so has highly developed spacial awareness and ability to cope in confined areas. Whereas Oxlade-Chamberlain more of a bustling 'push and run' dribbler, Nelson keeps the ball a little closer to him - not unlike his teammate Jack Wilshere, and also has a talent for scoring free-kicks.  Reiss Nelson is Arsenal's best young prospect Credit: Getty Images Bournemouth  Lewis Cook Centre back Brennan Camp, 17, could prove Bournemouth's next homegrown prospect but their best youngster is in fact a recruit from Leeds United. Cook received an England call-up in the last international break, and might well get more opportunities given England's lack of central midfield options. He also played on the flanks while at Elland Road, and Cook's main strength is his ability to carry the ball from central areas. He shields the ball very well, getting his body between ball and opponent. This also means he wins more duels than a player of his stature has a right to. Bournemouth did not attempt to sign Wilshere on a permanent basis, and Cook could well be the reason for that. Burnley Dwight McNeil   Any 17-year-old playing for an Under-23 team is worthy of attention, even if Burnley's academy is not swollen with talent like some of the bigger clubs. McNeil, who usually plays as a winger, has been singled out for praise by youth team coach and former Burnley defender Michael Duffy.   "He was a first year last year with the 18s with me and you can see he's got ability," Duff said. "It's about honing that and channeling it in the right direction, keeping his feet on the ground. He's scored a couple of goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of about 100, ideally we want him scoring goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of 25,000. That's the key." McNeil in Burnley Under-23s top goalscorer this season, and a club on Burnley's frugal budget they need to extract every last ounce of potential from their academy.  Brighton and Hove Albion Jayson Molumby  Midfield partner Dessie Hutchinson deserves a mention - Chris Hughton felt confident enough to start both he a Molumby in the Carabao Cup this season. However, Molumby is two years younger and was nominated for Ireland's Under-17 Player of the Year in 2016 - which was eventually won by West Ham's Declan Rice. Ireland desperately need some fresh blood, although Molumby will find Premier League minutes hard to come by as Brighton fight to stay up.  Chelsea Callum Hudson-Odoi Where do you start at Chelsea? Lewis Baker, Dujon Sterling, Trevoh Chalobah, Ethan Ampadu, Ike Ugbo among others could easily have been our choice. However, Hudson-Odoi's versatility mean he has the potential to grow into numerous different roles. This is important because young players rarely get a first-team chance in their 'natural' position, but instead are used wherever there is a lack of bodies.  Callum Hudson-Odoi in last season's Youth Cup final Credit: Rex Features A World Cup winner with England's Under-17s and provider of three assists in the final against Spain, the Chelsea man can occupy any offensive position across the pitch. Has consistently played 'above his age' at during his time at Stamford Bridge, and only turned 17 on November 7.  Crystal Palace Nya Kirby  In an act of minor revenge for the John Bostock saga, Palace managed to prise Kirby away from Tottenham and the England youth international was part of their pre-season tour of the Far East. Kirby has played most of his football in central midfield, where he likes to dribble with the ball to attract opponents and create space ahead of him.  Kirby is another on this list who was part of England's triumphant Under-17s team in India, and said: “When we met up at the start, everyone had a good winning mentality and we went out there trying to win it.We were there for five weeks but we had a good bunch of lads and it was a great place. The fans were amazing; in the final there were 63,000 in attendance which was incredible.” Everton Jonjoe Kenny  Despite their reputation for giving young players first-team opportunities, a number of prospects have proven dead ends: James Vaughan, Victor Anichebe, Jack Rodwell and even, if his situation remains the same, Ross Barkley.  The generation lead by Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are hoping to be more durable, and young full-back Jonjoe Kenny is particularly well regarded. Everton will need a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman, and the 20-year-old Kenny is the next cab off the rank. Alexis Sanchez gave him a rough ride in a 5-2 defeat last month, and he sliced one into his own net at Leicester, but such chastening experiences are part of a young player's development. Needs to avoid a serious injury, like the one that thwarted a promising full-back from across Stanley Park, Jon Flanagan.  Huddersfield Town Philip Billing Currently on the treatment table, the 21-year-old Danish midfielder caught the eye in Huddersfield's FA Cup replay at Manchester City last season where Alan Shearer described his performance as 'brilliant'. The club's young player of the year in each of the last two seasons, Billing is a rangy central midfielder who stands out from the pack by virtue of being 6ft 5in tall and left-footed. Long-range strikes at Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City, Huddersfield's goal of the season in their promotion campaign, are proof of sound technique too.  The best young players in world football Leicester City Hamza Choudhury  An impressive afro makes him instantly recognisable, and Choudhury made his senior Leicester debut against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup this season. The 20-year-old grew up in Leicestershire and captained the club's Under-23s team. A midfielder by trade, he benefited from a loan spell with then League One club Burton Albion. His immediate family are from Bangladesh, and he could prove something of a trailblazer as one of the first top-flight British Asian footballers since Fulham's Zesh Rehman more than a decade ago.  Choudbury told the Leicester Mercury:  “Asians have family everywhere. We are all very close, so when something heart-warming happens everyone gets together to celebrate, like my debut. “I don’t really feel any pressure about being a professional from an Asian background. My family have been a great help with that, just telling me to enjoy it. “If I turned around tomorrow and said I didn’t want to play football any more they would support me. I really have their backing no matter what I don’t feel any pressure.” Liverpool Rhian Brewster An obvious choice after his goalscoring heroics at the Under-17 World Cup. Brewster actually hails from east London, and joined Liverpool from Chelsea's academy aged 15, and has since been fast-tracked into their Under-23 development team. Described as a 'natural striker' by Jurgen Klopp, Brewster has inevitably attracted comparisons to former Melwood whirlwinds Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.  His eight goals at the World Cup were evidence of intuitive anticipation in the penalty area, but interestingly Brewster has worn the No.10 shirt for Liverpool's youth teams. A glance at his highlights show a player happy to drop off the last line of defence to link play and provide for others, though this might be a reflection of the fact he is comfortably the best player in his age group. These skills might be redundant as he develops into a centre forward at senior level, but the ability to fit into a collective is important in today's game - particularly under Jurgen Klopp. Just ask Daniel Sturridge.  Manchester City Phil Foden Like Chelsea, Man City have a treasure trove of promising players coming through. Brahim Diaz should be mentioned in dispatches, but Phil Foden is the apple of Pep Guardiola's eye. Comfortable in any midfield role, the 17-year-old has already been called up to train with City's first team and would have played against Wolves in the Carabao Cup but for England commitments at the World Cup in India. He played his part in their victory over Spain in the final, scoring twice.  Foden impressed in a pre-season outing against Manchester United this summer, rarely taking more than two touches as a he fitted seamlessly into Guardiola's style of play. Opponents will note he is strongly left-footed, but his spatial awareness and scanning of the pitch means he moves the ball quickly enough before they can force him onto his right. There will be comparisons with Wilshere, but Foden is probably more of a passer than a dribbler.  Rhian Brewster and Phil Foden's mantelpieces will be full after their summer success Credit: PA Manchester United Axel Tuanzebe  As Jose Mourinho prioritised the Europa League in the closing stretch of last season, Tuanzebe got some first-team minutes, notably away at Arsenal. The 20-year-old's favourite position is centre-back, but his opportunities at senior level could come as a full-back while he has also played in central midfield. His signature move is the way he changes gear and drives away from opponents, and his calmness in possession puts Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to shame. With the latter likely to be moved on by Jose Mourinho before too long, a pathway could open up for Tuanzebe.  Newcastle United Dan Barlaser Born in Gateshead but a Turker Under-17 international, Barlaser has just signed a contract extension to keep him at Newcastle until 2019. The 20-year-old midfielder has made three first-team appearances, and is regarded as an energetic midfielder. A former winger, Barlaser looks to control games with his passing range and also likes to shoot from distance. Rafael Benitez will plump for experience as Newcastle look to secure Premier League survival, but it has been too long since Newcastle fans really grew to love a local lad.  Southampton  Callum Slattery  An England international at youth level, Slattery signed a three-year-contract with Southampton this summer which is a mark of the club's faith in the young midfielder. Hoping to follow the likes of Callum Chambers, Matt Targett, Luke Shaw, Jack Stephens and Josh Sims and progress to Southampton's first team, Slattery is viewed as a box-to-box midfielder. The 18-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance on the south coast, and with the amount of competition in Southampton's midfield that is unlikely to change soon. If only he was a striker...  Callum Slattery in action against Cardiff's Under-23s Credit: Getty Images Stoke City Tyrese Campbell Son of pin-stripped former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, Tyrese was picked out by Stoke manager Mark Hughes as a player with the potential to make it at Premier League level. Hughes said: "He and his father clearly looked at his prospects at Man City, a fantastic operation and clearly a great club and a huge stage for any player, but for younger players it is difficult to break through. “So we presented to him and said, ‘Listen, if you progress and you fulfil the potential that we think you’ve got then there is going to be that pathway to the first team and it is going to happen quicker than you think possibly’.” Campbell's four goals in Premier League 2 this season have all come from the penalty spot, and coach Glyn Hodges has called on him to be more selfish in front of goal.  Swansea City Joe Rodon Dubbed the 'Welsh John Stones', Rodon has attracted the attention of Celtic and Manchester City with his performances at youth level for club and country. The 20-year-old defender is yet to make his full Swansea debut, but did get to train with Chris Coleman's Wales squad in the March international break along with former teammates Neil Taylor and Ashley Williams.  "The old Swansea boys took care of me and I thought I had got off pretty lightly until they turned around and told me I could not go until I had done my initiation," Rodon recalled to Wales Online.  "I can't thank them enough for that! "I ended up doing 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Tyrell. "A few of the boys said it was pretty old school for someone of my age, but I'm definitely not going to say if I did it any justice or not!"  Tottenham Hotspur  Marcus Edwards  Mauricio Pochettino has not even bothered to play it cool with Edwards, nicknaming him 'Mini-Messi' at the Spurs training ground. His name has been on the grapevine for a few years now, but Edwards is still only 18. Slight, with a low centre of gravity, Edwards loves to drift to the right flank before cutting inside onto his favoured left-foot. As Pochettino's moniker for him suggests, Edwards loves to carry the fall and commit defenders.  This could potentially stand him in good stead because on thing Spurs lack, for all their qualities, is a wide player with trickery. Their most laboured performances this season have come at Wembley against Burnley, Swansea, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace - teams who put numbers behind the ball and asked Spurs to break them down. The likes of Clinton Njié and Georges-Kévin N'Koudou failed to make the cut, but Edwards could be the final piece in Pochettino's puzzle.  The first of many north London derbies for Marcus Edwards? Credit: Getty Images Watford  Isaac Success He might sound like a minor Martin Amis character, and behave like one off the pitch, but Success is a hugely talented player who Marco Silva believes still has a future at Vicarage Road. The 21-year-old showed enough last season to suggest he might be right, when his pace and ability on the flanks caught the eye. The performances of new singing Richarlison however, might restrict future opportunities.  West Bromwich Albion  Sam Field Tony Pulis is a footballing conservative, so handing eight Premier League appearances to teenage midfielder Sam Field says plenty about his qualities. Pulis even described Field's performance against Chelsea last term as 'smashing'. Despite interest from several Championship clubs this summer, Field has stayed at West Brom to continue his development in the youth teams. Supporting West Brom is a bit of a drag at present, but Field is one reason for optimism.  West Ham United  Declan Rice Reece Oxford will run him close, but Rice could be the long-term answer to the defensive vulnerabilities that have hindered West Ham for so long. The 18-year-old centre back has already tasted Premier League football this season, and Slaven Bilic trusted him to occupy the central position when West Ham played with a back three. There is also evidence of the 'leadership' attributes that coaches crave, as Rice captained West Ham's Under-23s to the Premier League 2 title last season. 

Who is your club's most exciting youth prospect?

Injuries may have forced his hand, but Gareth Southgate won plenty of goodwill from England fans by giving youth a chance against Germany and Brazil. Supporters find themselves rooting for the youngsters in a team for a variety of reasons. Firstly, there is an obvious romantic attachment to those viewed as 'one of your own', players who are more easily related to than your average Premier League player.  Expectation levels are also lowered when there are some fledglings on the team sheet, and because fans are often watching players for the first time their initial instinct is to accentuate good points and turn a blind eye to the bad. A victory is extra special, but any defeat can easily be explained away with 'we had the kids out'. This diffuses the frothing discontent that is so commonplace among fanbases today. So who is your club's most exciting youngster?  Arsenal  Reiss Nelson  Arsenal lost the promising Chris Willock to Benfica last summer and sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, but Nelson can ensure fans quickly forget about both. Spurs were interested in him as a nine-year-old, but the red half of north London acted quickly to take him to Hale End - the site of their academy. Although Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah are promising, Nelson is the jewel in the crown.  The 17-year-old is a natural dribbler, gliding past opponents with ease and usually from the right-flank. During his Carabao Cup and Europa League starts this season, Arsene Wenger has employed him as a right-wing back which has curtailed his offensive potential. Expect to see more spectacular performances if he is played in an advanced position.  Nelson regularly started as a No.10 in the youth teams, so has highly developed spacial awareness and ability to cope in confined areas. Whereas Oxlade-Chamberlain more of a bustling 'push and run' dribbler, Nelson keeps the ball a little closer to him - not unlike his teammate Jack Wilshere, and also has a talent for scoring free-kicks.  Reiss Nelson is Arsenal's best young prospect Credit: Getty Images Bournemouth  Lewis Cook Centre back Brennan Camp, 17, could prove Bournemouth's next homegrown prospect but their best youngster is in fact a recruit from Leeds United. Cook received an England call-up in the last international break, and might well get more opportunities given England's lack of central midfield options. He also played on the flanks while at Elland Road, and Cook's main strength is his ability to carry the ball from central areas. He shields the ball very well, getting his body between ball and opponent. This also means he wins more duels than a player of his stature has a right to. Bournemouth did not attempt to sign Wilshere on a permanent basis, and Cook could well be the reason for that. Burnley Dwight McNeil   Any 17-year-old playing for an Under-23 team is worthy of attention, even if Burnley's academy is not swollen with talent like some of the bigger clubs. McNeil, who usually plays as a winger, has been singled out for praise by youth team coach and former Burnley defender Michael Duffy.   "He was a first year last year with the 18s with me and you can see he's got ability," Duff said. "It's about honing that and channeling it in the right direction, keeping his feet on the ground. He's scored a couple of goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of about 100, ideally we want him scoring goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of 25,000. That's the key." McNeil in Burnley Under-23s top goalscorer this season, and a club on Burnley's frugal budget they need to extract every last ounce of potential from their academy.  Brighton and Hove Albion Jayson Molumby  Midfield partner Dessie Hutchinson deserves a mention - Chris Hughton felt confident enough to start both he a Molumby in the Carabao Cup this season. However, Molumby is two years younger and was nominated for Ireland's Under-17 Player of the Year in 2016 - which was eventually won by West Ham's Declan Rice. Ireland desperately need some fresh blood, although Molumby will find Premier League minutes hard to come by as Brighton fight to stay up.  Chelsea Callum Hudson-Odoi Where do you start at Chelsea? Lewis Baker, Dujon Sterling, Trevoh Chalobah, Ethan Ampadu, Ike Ugbo among others could easily have been our choice. However, Hudson-Odoi's versatility mean he has the potential to grow into numerous different roles. This is important because young players rarely get a first-team chance in their 'natural' position, but instead are used wherever there is a lack of bodies.  Callum Hudson-Odoi in last season's Youth Cup final Credit: Rex Features A World Cup winner with England's Under-17s and provider of three assists in the final against Spain, the Chelsea man can occupy any offensive position across the pitch. Has consistently played 'above his age' at during his time at Stamford Bridge, and only turned 17 on November 7.  Crystal Palace Nya Kirby  In an act of minor revenge for the John Bostock saga, Palace managed to prise Kirby away from Tottenham and the England youth international was part of their pre-season tour of the Far East. Kirby has played most of his football in central midfield, where he likes to dribble with the ball to attract opponents and create space ahead of him.  Kirby is another on this list who was part of England's triumphant Under-17s team in India, and said: “When we met up at the start, everyone had a good winning mentality and we went out there trying to win it.We were there for five weeks but we had a good bunch of lads and it was a great place. The fans were amazing; in the final there were 63,000 in attendance which was incredible.” Everton Jonjoe Kenny  Despite their reputation for giving young players first-team opportunities, a number of prospects have proven dead ends: James Vaughan, Victor Anichebe, Jack Rodwell and even, if his situation remains the same, Ross Barkley.  The generation lead by Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are hoping to be more durable, and young full-back Jonjoe Kenny is particularly well regarded. Everton will need a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman, and the 20-year-old Kenny is the next cab off the rank. Alexis Sanchez gave him a rough ride in a 5-2 defeat last month, and he sliced one into his own net at Leicester, but such chastening experiences are part of a young player's development. Needs to avoid a serious injury, like the one that thwarted a promising full-back from across Stanley Park, Jon Flanagan.  Huddersfield Town Philip Billing Currently on the treatment table, the 21-year-old Danish midfielder caught the eye in Huddersfield's FA Cup replay at Manchester City last season where Alan Shearer described his performance as 'brilliant'. The club's young player of the year in each of the last two seasons, Billing is a rangy central midfielder who stands out from the pack by virtue of being 6ft 5in tall and left-footed. Long-range strikes at Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City, Huddersfield's goal of the season in their promotion campaign, are proof of sound technique too.  The best young players in world football Leicester City Hamza Choudhury  An impressive afro makes him instantly recognisable, and Choudhury made his senior Leicester debut against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup this season. The 20-year-old grew up in Leicestershire and captained the club's Under-23s team. A midfielder by trade, he benefited from a loan spell with then League One club Burton Albion. His immediate family are from Bangladesh, and he could prove something of a trailblazer as one of the first top-flight British Asian footballers since Fulham's Zesh Rehman more than a decade ago.  Choudbury told the Leicester Mercury:  “Asians have family everywhere. We are all very close, so when something heart-warming happens everyone gets together to celebrate, like my debut. “I don’t really feel any pressure about being a professional from an Asian background. My family have been a great help with that, just telling me to enjoy it. “If I turned around tomorrow and said I didn’t want to play football any more they would support me. I really have their backing no matter what I don’t feel any pressure.” Liverpool Rhian Brewster An obvious choice after his goalscoring heroics at the Under-17 World Cup. Brewster actually hails from east London, and joined Liverpool from Chelsea's academy aged 15, and has since been fast-tracked into their Under-23 development team. Described as a 'natural striker' by Jurgen Klopp, Brewster has inevitably attracted comparisons to former Melwood whirlwinds Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.  His eight goals at the World Cup were evidence of intuitive anticipation in the penalty area, but interestingly Brewster has worn the No.10 shirt for Liverpool's youth teams. A glance at his highlights show a player happy to drop off the last line of defence to link play and provide for others, though this might be a reflection of the fact he is comfortably the best player in his age group. These skills might be redundant as he develops into a centre forward at senior level, but the ability to fit into a collective is important in today's game - particularly under Jurgen Klopp. Just ask Daniel Sturridge.  Manchester City Phil Foden Like Chelsea, Man City have a treasure trove of promising players coming through. Brahim Diaz should be mentioned in dispatches, but Phil Foden is the apple of Pep Guardiola's eye. Comfortable in any midfield role, the 17-year-old has already been called up to train with City's first team and would have played against Wolves in the Carabao Cup but for England commitments at the World Cup in India. He played his part in their victory over Spain in the final, scoring twice.  Foden impressed in a pre-season outing against Manchester United this summer, rarely taking more than two touches as a he fitted seamlessly into Guardiola's style of play. Opponents will note he is strongly left-footed, but his spatial awareness and scanning of the pitch means he moves the ball quickly enough before they can force him onto his right. There will be comparisons with Wilshere, but Foden is probably more of a passer than a dribbler.  Rhian Brewster and Phil Foden's mantelpieces will be full after their summer success Credit: PA Manchester United Axel Tuanzebe  As Jose Mourinho prioritised the Europa League in the closing stretch of last season, Tuanzebe got some first-team minutes, notably away at Arsenal. The 20-year-old's favourite position is centre-back, but his opportunities at senior level could come as a full-back while he has also played in central midfield. His signature move is the way he changes gear and drives away from opponents, and his calmness in possession puts Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to shame. With the latter likely to be moved on by Jose Mourinho before too long, a pathway could open up for Tuanzebe.  Newcastle United Dan Barlaser Born in Gateshead but a Turker Under-17 international, Barlaser has just signed a contract extension to keep him at Newcastle until 2019. The 20-year-old midfielder has made three first-team appearances, and is regarded as an energetic midfielder. A former winger, Barlaser looks to control games with his passing range and also likes to shoot from distance. Rafael Benitez will plump for experience as Newcastle look to secure Premier League survival, but it has been too long since Newcastle fans really grew to love a local lad.  Southampton  Callum Slattery  An England international at youth level, Slattery signed a three-year-contract with Southampton this summer which is a mark of the club's faith in the young midfielder. Hoping to follow the likes of Callum Chambers, Matt Targett, Luke Shaw, Jack Stephens and Josh Sims and progress to Southampton's first team, Slattery is viewed as a box-to-box midfielder. The 18-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance on the south coast, and with the amount of competition in Southampton's midfield that is unlikely to change soon. If only he was a striker...  Callum Slattery in action against Cardiff's Under-23s Credit: Getty Images Stoke City Tyrese Campbell Son of pin-stripped former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, Tyrese was picked out by Stoke manager Mark Hughes as a player with the potential to make it at Premier League level. Hughes said: "He and his father clearly looked at his prospects at Man City, a fantastic operation and clearly a great club and a huge stage for any player, but for younger players it is difficult to break through. “So we presented to him and said, ‘Listen, if you progress and you fulfil the potential that we think you’ve got then there is going to be that pathway to the first team and it is going to happen quicker than you think possibly’.” Campbell's four goals in Premier League 2 this season have all come from the penalty spot, and coach Glyn Hodges has called on him to be more selfish in front of goal.  Swansea City Joe Rodon Dubbed the 'Welsh John Stones', Rodon has attracted the attention of Celtic and Manchester City with his performances at youth level for club and country. The 20-year-old defender is yet to make his full Swansea debut, but did get to train with Chris Coleman's Wales squad in the March international break along with former teammates Neil Taylor and Ashley Williams.  "The old Swansea boys took care of me and I thought I had got off pretty lightly until they turned around and told me I could not go until I had done my initiation," Rodon recalled to Wales Online.  "I can't thank them enough for that! "I ended up doing 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Tyrell. "A few of the boys said it was pretty old school for someone of my age, but I'm definitely not going to say if I did it any justice or not!"  Tottenham Hotspur  Marcus Edwards  Mauricio Pochettino has not even bothered to play it cool with Edwards, nicknaming him 'Mini-Messi' at the Spurs training ground. His name has been on the grapevine for a few years now, but Edwards is still only 18. Slight, with a low centre of gravity, Edwards loves to drift to the right flank before cutting inside onto his favoured left-foot. As Pochettino's moniker for him suggests, Edwards loves to carry the fall and commit defenders.  This could potentially stand him in good stead because on thing Spurs lack, for all their qualities, is a wide player with trickery. Their most laboured performances this season have come at Wembley against Burnley, Swansea, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace - teams who put numbers behind the ball and asked Spurs to break them down. The likes of Clinton Njié and Georges-Kévin N'Koudou failed to make the cut, but Edwards could be the final piece in Pochettino's puzzle.  The first of many north London derbies for Marcus Edwards? Credit: Getty Images Watford  Isaac Success He might sound like a minor Martin Amis character, and behave like one off the pitch, but Success is a hugely talented player who Marco Silva believes still has a future at Vicarage Road. The 21-year-old showed enough last season to suggest he might be right, when his pace and ability on the flanks caught the eye. The performances of new singing Richarlison however, might restrict future opportunities.  West Bromwich Albion  Sam Field Tony Pulis is a footballing conservative, so handing eight Premier League appearances to teenage midfielder Sam Field says plenty about his qualities. Pulis even described Field's performance against Chelsea last term as 'smashing'. Despite interest from several Championship clubs this summer, Field has stayed at West Brom to continue his development in the youth teams. Supporting West Brom is a bit of a drag at present, but Field is one reason for optimism.  West Ham United  Declan Rice Reece Oxford will run him close, but Rice could be the long-term answer to the defensive vulnerabilities that have hindered West Ham for so long. The 18-year-old centre back has already tasted Premier League football this season, and Slaven Bilic trusted him to occupy the central position when West Ham played with a back three. There is also evidence of the 'leadership' attributes that coaches crave, as Rice captained West Ham's Under-23s to the Premier League 2 title last season. 

Who is your club's most exciting youth prospect?

Injuries may have forced his hand, but Gareth Southgate won plenty of goodwill from England fans by giving youth a chance against Germany and Brazil. Supporters find themselves rooting for the youngsters in a team for a variety of reasons. Firstly, there is an obvious romantic attachment to those viewed as 'one of your own', players who are more easily related to than your average Premier League player.  Expectation levels are also lowered when there are some fledglings on the team sheet, and because fans are often watching players for the first time their initial instinct is to accentuate good points and turn a blind eye to the bad. A victory is extra special, but any defeat can easily be explained away with 'we had the kids out'. This diffuses the frothing discontent that is so commonplace among fanbases today. So who is your club's most exciting youngster?  Arsenal  Reiss Nelson  Arsenal lost the promising Chris Willock to Benfica last summer and sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, but Nelson can ensure fans quickly forget about both. Spurs were interested in him as a nine-year-old, but the red half of north London acted quickly to take him to Hale End - the site of their academy. Although Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah are promising, Nelson is the jewel in the crown.  The 17-year-old is a natural dribbler, gliding past opponents with ease and usually from the right-flank. During his Carabao Cup and Europa League starts this season, Arsene Wenger has employed him as a right-wing back which has curtailed his offensive potential. Expect to see more spectacular performances if he is played in an advanced position.  Nelson regularly started as a No.10 in the youth teams, so has highly developed spacial awareness and ability to cope in confined areas. Whereas Oxlade-Chamberlain more of a bustling 'push and run' dribbler, Nelson keeps the ball a little closer to him - not unlike his teammate Jack Wilshere, and also has a talent for scoring free-kicks.  Reiss Nelson is Arsenal's best young prospect Credit: Getty Images Bournemouth  Lewis Cook Centre back Brennan Camp, 17, could prove Bournemouth's next homegrown prospect but their best youngster is in fact a recruit from Leeds United. Cook received an England call-up in the last international break, and might well get more opportunities given England's lack of central midfield options. He also played on the flanks while at Elland Road, and Cook's main strength is his ability to carry the ball from central areas. He shields the ball very well, getting his body between ball and opponent. This also means he wins more duels than a player of his stature has a right to. Bournemouth did not attempt to sign Wilshere on a permanent basis, and Cook could well be the reason for that. Burnley Dwight McNeil   Any 17-year-old playing for an Under-23 team is worthy of attention, even if Burnley's academy is not swollen with talent like some of the bigger clubs. McNeil, who usually plays as a winger, has been singled out for praise by youth team coach and former Burnley defender Michael Duffy.   "He was a first year last year with the 18s with me and you can see he's got ability," Duff said. "It's about honing that and channeling it in the right direction, keeping his feet on the ground. He's scored a couple of goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of about 100, ideally we want him scoring goals in front of a Turf Moor crowd of 25,000. That's the key." McNeil in Burnley Under-23s top goalscorer this season, and a club on Burnley's frugal budget they need to extract every last ounce of potential from their academy.  Brighton and Hove Albion Jayson Molumby  Midfield partner Dessie Hutchinson deserves a mention - Chris Hughton felt confident enough to start both he a Molumby in the Carabao Cup this season. However, Molumby is two years younger and was nominated for Ireland's Under-17 Player of the Year in 2016 - which was eventually won by West Ham's Declan Rice. Ireland desperately need some fresh blood, although Molumby will find Premier League minutes hard to come by as Brighton fight to stay up.  Chelsea Callum Hudson-Odoi Where do you start at Chelsea? Lewis Baker, Dujon Sterling, Trevoh Chalobah, Ethan Ampadu, Ike Ugbo among others could easily have been our choice. However, Hudson-Odoi's versatility mean he has the potential to grow into numerous different roles. This is important because young players rarely get a first-team chance in their 'natural' position, but instead are used wherever there is a lack of bodies.  Callum Hudson-Odoi in last season's Youth Cup final Credit: Rex Features A World Cup winner with England's Under-17s and provider of three assists in the final against Spain, the Chelsea man can occupy any offensive position across the pitch. Has consistently played 'above his age' at during his time at Stamford Bridge, and only turned 17 on November 7.  Crystal Palace Nya Kirby  In an act of minor revenge for the John Bostock saga, Palace managed to prise Kirby away from Tottenham and the England youth international was part of their pre-season tour of the Far East. Kirby has played most of his football in central midfield, where he likes to dribble with the ball to attract opponents and create space ahead of him.  Kirby is another on this list who was part of England's triumphant Under-17s team in India, and said: “When we met up at the start, everyone had a good winning mentality and we went out there trying to win it.We were there for five weeks but we had a good bunch of lads and it was a great place. The fans were amazing; in the final there were 63,000 in attendance which was incredible.” Everton Jonjoe Kenny  Despite their reputation for giving young players first-team opportunities, a number of prospects have proven dead ends: James Vaughan, Victor Anichebe, Jack Rodwell and even, if his situation remains the same, Ross Barkley.  The generation lead by Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are hoping to be more durable, and young full-back Jonjoe Kenny is particularly well regarded. Everton will need a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman, and the 20-year-old Kenny is the next cab off the rank. Alexis Sanchez gave him a rough ride in a 5-2 defeat last month, and he sliced one into his own net at Leicester, but such chastening experiences are part of a young player's development. Needs to avoid a serious injury, like the one that thwarted a promising full-back from across Stanley Park, Jon Flanagan.  Huddersfield Town Philip Billing Currently on the treatment table, the 21-year-old Danish midfielder caught the eye in Huddersfield's FA Cup replay at Manchester City last season where Alan Shearer described his performance as 'brilliant'. The club's young player of the year in each of the last two seasons, Billing is a rangy central midfielder who stands out from the pack by virtue of being 6ft 5in tall and left-footed. Long-range strikes at Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City, Huddersfield's goal of the season in their promotion campaign, are proof of sound technique too.  The best young players in world football Leicester City Hamza Choudhury  An impressive afro makes him instantly recognisable, and Choudhury made his senior Leicester debut against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup this season. The 20-year-old grew up in Leicestershire and captained the club's Under-23s team. A midfielder by trade, he benefited from a loan spell with then League One club Burton Albion. His immediate family are from Bangladesh, and he could prove something of a trailblazer as one of the first top-flight British Asian footballers since Fulham's Zesh Rehman more than a decade ago.  Choudbury told the Leicester Mercury:  “Asians have family everywhere. We are all very close, so when something heart-warming happens everyone gets together to celebrate, like my debut. “I don’t really feel any pressure about being a professional from an Asian background. My family have been a great help with that, just telling me to enjoy it. “If I turned around tomorrow and said I didn’t want to play football any more they would support me. I really have their backing no matter what I don’t feel any pressure.” Liverpool Rhian Brewster An obvious choice after his goalscoring heroics at the Under-17 World Cup. Brewster actually hails from east London, and joined Liverpool from Chelsea's academy aged 15, and has since been fast-tracked into their Under-23 development team. Described as a 'natural striker' by Jurgen Klopp, Brewster has inevitably attracted comparisons to former Melwood whirlwinds Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.  His eight goals at the World Cup were evidence of intuitive anticipation in the penalty area, but interestingly Brewster has worn the No.10 shirt for Liverpool's youth teams. A glance at his highlights show a player happy to drop off the last line of defence to link play and provide for others, though this might be a reflection of the fact he is comfortably the best player in his age group. These skills might be redundant as he develops into a centre forward at senior level, but the ability to fit into a collective is important in today's game - particularly under Jurgen Klopp. Just ask Daniel Sturridge.  Manchester City Phil Foden Like Chelsea, Man City have a treasure trove of promising players coming through. Brahim Diaz should be mentioned in dispatches, but Phil Foden is the apple of Pep Guardiola's eye. Comfortable in any midfield role, the 17-year-old has already been called up to train with City's first team and would have played against Wolves in the Carabao Cup but for England commitments at the World Cup in India. He played his part in their victory over Spain in the final, scoring twice.  Foden impressed in a pre-season outing against Manchester United this summer, rarely taking more than two touches as a he fitted seamlessly into Guardiola's style of play. Opponents will note he is strongly left-footed, but his spatial awareness and scanning of the pitch means he moves the ball quickly enough before they can force him onto his right. There will be comparisons with Wilshere, but Foden is probably more of a passer than a dribbler.  Rhian Brewster and Phil Foden's mantelpieces will be full after their summer success Credit: PA Manchester United Axel Tuanzebe  As Jose Mourinho prioritised the Europa League in the closing stretch of last season, Tuanzebe got some first-team minutes, notably away at Arsenal. The 20-year-old's favourite position is centre-back, but his opportunities at senior level could come as a full-back while he has also played in central midfield. His signature move is the way he changes gear and drives away from opponents, and his calmness in possession puts Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to shame. With the latter likely to be moved on by Jose Mourinho before too long, a pathway could open up for Tuanzebe.  Newcastle United Dan Barlaser Born in Gateshead but a Turker Under-17 international, Barlaser has just signed a contract extension to keep him at Newcastle until 2019. The 20-year-old midfielder has made three first-team appearances, and is regarded as an energetic midfielder. A former winger, Barlaser looks to control games with his passing range and also likes to shoot from distance. Rafael Benitez will plump for experience as Newcastle look to secure Premier League survival, but it has been too long since Newcastle fans really grew to love a local lad.  Southampton  Callum Slattery  An England international at youth level, Slattery signed a three-year-contract with Southampton this summer which is a mark of the club's faith in the young midfielder. Hoping to follow the likes of Callum Chambers, Matt Targett, Luke Shaw, Jack Stephens and Josh Sims and progress to Southampton's first team, Slattery is viewed as a box-to-box midfielder. The 18-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance on the south coast, and with the amount of competition in Southampton's midfield that is unlikely to change soon. If only he was a striker...  Callum Slattery in action against Cardiff's Under-23s Credit: Getty Images Stoke City Tyrese Campbell Son of pin-stripped former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, Tyrese was picked out by Stoke manager Mark Hughes as a player with the potential to make it at Premier League level. Hughes said: "He and his father clearly looked at his prospects at Man City, a fantastic operation and clearly a great club and a huge stage for any player, but for younger players it is difficult to break through. “So we presented to him and said, ‘Listen, if you progress and you fulfil the potential that we think you’ve got then there is going to be that pathway to the first team and it is going to happen quicker than you think possibly’.” Campbell's four goals in Premier League 2 this season have all come from the penalty spot, and coach Glyn Hodges has called on him to be more selfish in front of goal.  Swansea City Joe Rodon Dubbed the 'Welsh John Stones', Rodon has attracted the attention of Celtic and Manchester City with his performances at youth level for club and country. The 20-year-old defender is yet to make his full Swansea debut, but did get to train with Chris Coleman's Wales squad in the March international break along with former teammates Neil Taylor and Ashley Williams.  "The old Swansea boys took care of me and I thought I had got off pretty lightly until they turned around and told me I could not go until I had done my initiation," Rodon recalled to Wales Online.  "I can't thank them enough for that! "I ended up doing 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Tyrell. "A few of the boys said it was pretty old school for someone of my age, but I'm definitely not going to say if I did it any justice or not!"  Tottenham Hotspur  Marcus Edwards  Mauricio Pochettino has not even bothered to play it cool with Edwards, nicknaming him 'Mini-Messi' at the Spurs training ground. His name has been on the grapevine for a few years now, but Edwards is still only 18. Slight, with a low centre of gravity, Edwards loves to drift to the right flank before cutting inside onto his favoured left-foot. As Pochettino's moniker for him suggests, Edwards loves to carry the fall and commit defenders.  This could potentially stand him in good stead because on thing Spurs lack, for all their qualities, is a wide player with trickery. Their most laboured performances this season have come at Wembley against Burnley, Swansea, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace - teams who put numbers behind the ball and asked Spurs to break them down. The likes of Clinton Njié and Georges-Kévin N'Koudou failed to make the cut, but Edwards could be the final piece in Pochettino's puzzle.  The first of many north London derbies for Marcus Edwards? Credit: Getty Images Watford  Isaac Success He might sound like a minor Martin Amis character, and behave like one off the pitch, but Success is a hugely talented player who Marco Silva believes still has a future at Vicarage Road. The 21-year-old showed enough last season to suggest he might be right, when his pace and ability on the flanks caught the eye. The performances of new singing Richarlison however, might restrict future opportunities.  West Bromwich Albion  Sam Field Tony Pulis is a footballing conservative, so handing eight Premier League appearances to teenage midfielder Sam Field says plenty about his qualities. Pulis even described Field's performance against Chelsea last term as 'smashing'. Despite interest from several Championship clubs this summer, Field has stayed at West Brom to continue his development in the youth teams. Supporting West Brom is a bit of a drag at present, but Field is one reason for optimism.  West Ham United  Declan Rice Reece Oxford will run him close, but Rice could be the long-term answer to the defensive vulnerabilities that have hindered West Ham for so long. The 18-year-old centre back has already tasted Premier League football this season, and Slaven Bilic trusted him to occupy the central position when West Ham played with a back three. There is also evidence of the 'leadership' attributes that coaches crave, as Rice captained West Ham's Under-23s to the Premier League 2 title last season. 

Premier League Bingo: How many points can you score?

Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 12.30pm) 5 points: Alexandre Lacazette's late winner ensures this fixture does not finish 1-1 for a fourth consecutive season.  15 points: Serge Aurier verges between the sublime and the calamitous, providing an assist and conceding a penalty at the Emirates.  25 points: Paul Merson wonders whether Mauricio Pochettino really 'grabs it', and claims Tim Sherwood would have this Spurs side in the same position.  Bournemouth vs Huddersfield Town (3pm) 5 points: Harry Arter bounces back from his World Cup disappointment to create Bournemouth's winning goal.  15 points: Junior Stanislas is the latest recipient of the 'get him on the plane' treatment.  25 points: The 87th different fixture in Premier League history is declared the blandest yet.  Credit: REUTERS Burnley vs Swansea City (3pm) 5 points: The home side win 1-0 - c'mon this is too easy.  15 points: Sean Dyche masterminds another conjuring trick by winning three points despite the opposition have four times as many shots on goal.  25 points: Tony Gale loses his mind when he sees Renato 'Doesn't Fancy It' Sanches wearing gloves on a nippy Lancashire afternoon, claiming it disrespects the war dead.  Crystal Palace vs Everton (3pm)  5 points: Expected goals finally tells the truth and Palace record a welcome 2-1 win.  15 points: Roy Hodgson responds to Ruben Loftus-Cheek's fine performances like only a former England manager can - by shifting him wide in a 4-4-2.  25 points: Still to appoint a permanent manager, Everton owner Farhad Moshiri decides to hand the role to a different celebrity fan each week. John Parrott is in the dugout at Selhurst Park.  Leicester City vs Manchester City (3pm) 5 points: Jamie Vardy gets another goal against one of the 'Big Six' but it is not enough to prevent another Manchester City win.  15 points: Raheem Sterling answers the boo-boys with another goal and assist.  25 points: Glenn Hoddle marvels at the sort of slick passing football he could only dream of coaching, but remarks it's a shame there are 'not enough English people' involved.  Credit: ACTION IMAGES Liverpool vs Southampton (3pm) 5 points: A reassuringly healthy Jurgen Klopp conducts from the touchline as Liverpool enjoy a comfortable 3-1 win at Anfield.  15 points: Kenny Dalgsish is interviewed on the pitch at half-time, and the club try to forget the fact he lumbered them with Jordan Henderson.  25 points: Virgil Van Dijk manages to surpass Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the Worst Performance Against Your Future Employers of the season.  West Brom vs Chelsea (3pm)  5 points: It's a 10th Premier League game without a win first the hosts as Eden Hazard scores twice in a Chelsea victory. 15 points: Tony Pulis is consoled by the fact he will have another Premier League job by Christmas.  25 points: David Luiz suffers the inconvenience of a trip to the west Midlands and an afternoon sat next to Frank Skinner to the directors' box.  Manchester United vs Newcastle (5.30pm) 5 points: Romelu Lukaku ends his goalscoring drought as Man Utd claim a perfunctory 2-0 win at Old Trafford.  15 points: Jose Mourinho sends Rafael Benitez's wide a reminder to sort out her husband's diet.  25 points: Television viewers launch a petition demanding to know why broadcasters feel compelled to show Newcastle so damn often.  Watford vs West Ham (Sunday, 4pm) 5 points: David Moyes the football genius picks up a creditable point in his first match in charge.  15 points: Stuart Pearce, who played 50 games for the club and hails from south west London, is apparently a 'West Ham man'.  25 points: Marco Silva's career is progressing at such a rate he is now the bookmakers' second favourite to be the next Foreign Secretary.  Brighton and Hove Albion vs Stoke City (Monday, 8pm) 5 points: Everyone agrees to wipe the 1-1 draw for their memory and move on swiftly.  15 points: An 8pm kick-off on the south coast does little to help Mark Hughes's quest to get younger Stoke fans attending matches.  25 points: Mame Biram Diouf looks like he's spent all weekend on a Brighton beano as he turns in another hapless display at right-wing back. 

Premier League Bingo: How many points can you score?

Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 12.30pm) 5 points: Alexandre Lacazette's late winner ensures this fixture does not finish 1-1 for a fourth consecutive season.  15 points: Serge Aurier verges between the sublime and the calamitous, providing an assist and conceding a penalty at the Emirates.  25 points: Paul Merson wonders whether Mauricio Pochettino really 'grabs it', and claims Tim Sherwood would have this Spurs side in the same position.  Bournemouth vs Huddersfield Town (3pm) 5 points: Harry Arter bounces back from his World Cup disappointment to create Bournemouth's winning goal.  15 points: Junior Stanislas is the latest recipient of the 'get him on the plane' treatment.  25 points: The 87th different fixture in Premier League history is declared the blandest yet.  Credit: REUTERS Burnley vs Swansea City (3pm) 5 points: The home side win 1-0 - c'mon this is too easy.  15 points: Sean Dyche masterminds another conjuring trick by winning three points despite the opposition have four times as many shots on goal.  25 points: Tony Gale loses his mind when he sees Renato 'Doesn't Fancy It' Sanches wearing gloves on a nippy Lancashire afternoon, claiming it disrespects the war dead.  Crystal Palace vs Everton (3pm)  5 points: Expected goals finally tells the truth and Palace record a welcome 2-1 win.  15 points: Roy Hodgson responds to Ruben Loftus-Cheek's fine performances like only a former England manager can - by shifting him wide in a 4-4-2.  25 points: Still to appoint a permanent manager, Everton owner Farhad Moshiri decides to hand the role to a different celebrity fan each week. John Parrott is in the dugout at Selhurst Park.  Leicester City vs Manchester City (3pm) 5 points: Jamie Vardy gets another goal against one of the 'Big Six' but it is not enough to prevent another Manchester City win.  15 points: Raheem Sterling answers the boo-boys with another goal and assist.  25 points: Glenn Hoddle marvels at the sort of slick passing football he could only dream of coaching, but remarks it's a shame there are 'not enough English people' involved.  Credit: ACTION IMAGES Liverpool vs Southampton (3pm) 5 points: A reassuringly healthy Jurgen Klopp conducts from the touchline as Liverpool enjoy a comfortable 3-1 win at Anfield.  15 points: Kenny Dalgsish is interviewed on the pitch at half-time, and the club try to forget the fact he lumbered them with Jordan Henderson.  25 points: Virgil Van Dijk manages to surpass Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the Worst Performance Against Your Future Employers of the season.  West Brom vs Chelsea (3pm)  5 points: It's a 10th Premier League game without a win first the hosts as Eden Hazard scores twice in a Chelsea victory. 15 points: Tony Pulis is consoled by the fact he will have another Premier League job by Christmas.  25 points: David Luiz suffers the inconvenience of a trip to the west Midlands and an afternoon sat next to Frank Skinner to the directors' box.  Manchester United vs Newcastle (5.30pm) 5 points: Romelu Lukaku ends his goalscoring drought as Man Utd claim a perfunctory 2-0 win at Old Trafford.  15 points: Jose Mourinho sends Rafael Benitez's wide a reminder to sort out her husband's diet.  25 points: Television viewers launch a petition demanding to know why broadcasters feel compelled to show Newcastle so damn often.  Watford vs West Ham (Sunday, 4pm) 5 points: David Moyes the football genius picks up a creditable point in his first match in charge.  15 points: Stuart Pearce, who played 50 games for the club and hails from south west London, is apparently a 'West Ham man'.  25 points: Marco Silva's career is progressing at such a rate he is now the bookmakers' second favourite to be the next Foreign Secretary.  Brighton and Hove Albion vs Stoke City (Monday, 8pm) 5 points: Everyone agrees to wipe the 1-1 draw for their memory and move on swiftly.  15 points: An 8pm kick-off on the south coast does little to help Mark Hughes's quest to get younger Stoke fans attending matches.  25 points: Mame Biram Diouf looks like he's spent all weekend on a Brighton beano as he turns in another hapless display at right-wing back. 

Premier League Bingo: How many points can you score?

Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 12.30pm) 5 points: Alexandre Lacazette's late winner ensures this fixture does not finish 1-1 for a fourth consecutive season.  15 points: Serge Aurier verges between the sublime and the calamitous, providing an assist and conceding a penalty at the Emirates.  25 points: Paul Merson wonders whether Mauricio Pochettino really 'grabs it', and claims Tim Sherwood would have this Spurs side in the same position.  Bournemouth vs Huddersfield Town (3pm) 5 points: Harry Arter bounces back from his World Cup disappointment to create Bournemouth's winning goal.  15 points: Junior Stanislas is the latest recipient of the 'get him on the plane' treatment.  25 points: The 87th different fixture in Premier League history is declared the blandest yet.  Credit: REUTERS Burnley vs Swansea City (3pm) 5 points: The home side win 1-0 - c'mon this is too easy.  15 points: Sean Dyche masterminds another conjuring trick by winning three points despite the opposition have four times as many shots on goal.  25 points: Tony Gale loses his mind when he sees Renato 'Doesn't Fancy It' Sanches wearing gloves on a nippy Lancashire afternoon, claiming it disrespects the war dead.  Crystal Palace vs Everton (3pm)  5 points: Expected goals finally tells the truth and Palace record a welcome 2-1 win.  15 points: Roy Hodgson responds to Ruben Loftus-Cheek's fine performances like only a former England manager can - by shifting him wide in a 4-4-2.  25 points: Still to appoint a permanent manager, Everton owner Farhad Moshiri decides to hand the role to a different celebrity fan each week. John Parrott is in the dugout at Selhurst Park.  Leicester City vs Manchester City (3pm) 5 points: Jamie Vardy gets another goal against one of the 'Big Six' but it is not enough to prevent another Manchester City win.  15 points: Raheem Sterling answers the boo-boys with another goal and assist.  25 points: Glenn Hoddle marvels at the sort of slick passing football he could only dream of coaching, but remarks it's a shame there are 'not enough English people' involved.  Credit: ACTION IMAGES Liverpool vs Southampton (3pm) 5 points: A reassuringly healthy Jurgen Klopp conducts from the touchline as Liverpool enjoy a comfortable 3-1 win at Anfield.  15 points: Kenny Dalgsish is interviewed on the pitch at half-time, and the club try to forget the fact he lumbered them with Jordan Henderson.  25 points: Virgil Van Dijk manages to surpass Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the Worst Performance Against Your Future Employers of the season.  West Brom vs Chelsea (3pm)  5 points: It's a 10th Premier League game without a win first the hosts as Eden Hazard scores twice in a Chelsea victory. 15 points: Tony Pulis is consoled by the fact he will have another Premier League job by Christmas.  25 points: David Luiz suffers the inconvenience of a trip to the west Midlands and an afternoon sat next to Frank Skinner to the directors' box.  Manchester United vs Newcastle (5.30pm) 5 points: Romelu Lukaku ends his goalscoring drought as Man Utd claim a perfunctory 2-0 win at Old Trafford.  15 points: Jose Mourinho sends Rafael Benitez's wide a reminder to sort out her husband's diet.  25 points: Television viewers launch a petition demanding to know why broadcasters feel compelled to show Newcastle so damn often.  Watford vs West Ham (Sunday, 4pm) 5 points: David Moyes the football genius picks up a creditable point in his first match in charge.  15 points: Stuart Pearce, who played 50 games for the club and hails from south west London, is apparently a 'West Ham man'.  25 points: Marco Silva's career is progressing at such a rate he is now the bookmakers' second favourite to be the next Foreign Secretary.  Brighton and Hove Albion vs Stoke City (Monday, 8pm) 5 points: Everyone agrees to wipe the 1-1 draw for their memory and move on swiftly.  15 points: An 8pm kick-off on the south coast does little to help Mark Hughes's quest to get younger Stoke fans attending matches.  25 points: Mame Biram Diouf looks like he's spent all weekend on a Brighton beano as he turns in another hapless display at right-wing back. 

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